Forum for Democratic Change Strongman Dr. Kizza Besigye has asked Uganda’s security chiefs to pick some lesson from Gen. Kale Kayihura’s fate.
“Gen. Kale Kayihura, under whose time as IGP we were repeatedly tear-gassed, has been slapped with sanctions. He is now a wanted man. The security officials disturbing you should know that their time is coming. They should learn from what has befallen Kayihura,” Dr Besigye said
He made the remarks at a campaign rally in Kigorobya Town, in Hoima District over the weekend.
Besigye is in Hoima to drum up support for Ms Asinansi Nyakato, for the Hoima Woman MP by-election slated for September 26.
Meanwhile, the head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici has said that there is logic and principle in the visa and economic sanctions imposed against Gen Kale Kayihura
On 13th September, The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced visa and economic sanctions against General Kale Kayihura. It said that it has credible information that Kayihura was involved in human rights violations, torture, using a government employee to smuggle illicit goods, including drugs, gold, and wildlife, out of Uganda.
According to the Observer, EU ambassador says even the European Union would have equally acted the same if they had the evidence at the disposal of the US.
the sanctions deny individuals entry into the US, allow the seizure of any of their property held in the country, and prevent them from entering into transactions with large number of banks and companies.The banks will be required to block any money sent to Kayihura.
Ambassador Pacifici says that even Uganda had itself slapped charges against Kayihura, which gives credence to the US sanctions.
Gen Kayihura, 62, was sacked by President Museveni in March 2018 and arrested in June, but denied a raft of charges against him.
“These sanctions to the former IGP – I’m an observer on these issues as much as you’re. These sanctions are being imposed by the US [but] I can see the logic and principle of it. If I see that my friend here has done something wrong, I don’t want him in my country, I don’t.” he said.
“So I will tell Kale; you’re not welcome to my country because I know you have done something I don’t like because it is not in line with my values and my friendship. But this is what the Americans are saying. Who am I to say no. If the EU had had all kind of evidence and elements that have informed the decision, of course, the EU might have well have come to the same conclusion.” Pacifici said.
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