Speaker Kadaga US sanctions against Kayihura
Speaker Kadaga summons Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on US sanctions against Kayihura. File Photo

Speaker Kadaga seeks government’s statement following US sanctions on former IGP General Kale Kayihura and his family

Speaker Kadaga has directed the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to appear before parliament to make an official statement on government’s stand over the sanctions imposed by the United States government on the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura.

Speaker Kadaga’s directives follow a matter of National Importance raised on the floor of Parliament by Buhweju County legislator, Francis Mwijukye.

“He did his best to maintain the government in power, he was praised and appreciated by the president and the government as one of government best cadre. This good cadre is now being sanctioned by the American government, now that government is quite in respect to these sanctions. One is this an indictment to the government? What about the image of the country and the human right record,”? Mwijukye said.

Mwijukye’s believes Kayihura worked under certain commands, according to him he was not alone in all this.

However, in Kadaga’s ruling, he said that the Prime Minister, Dr Rugunda is the best person to answer this.

So, in this way she placed an order inviting him to come before parliament and address Ugandans regarding the matter.

“I think that’s a matter that requires the Prime Minister to come and address the country,” Kadaga said.

Responding to Speaker Kadaga request, the State Minister for Finance, David Bahati represented Prime Minister and said that received the US statement and it’s under review and after, the Prime Minister will come on the floor of parliament to state the matter.

“As you have said it’s true we have received that information and we are studying it, the Prime Minister will come and address the House on this issue, at the next sitting,” Bahati said.

Last week US government imposed sanctions against Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura accusing him of Human rights violations during his 10-year reign at the Uganda Police Force through its treasury department.

US government says Kayihura took advantage of his position in government and involved himself in corruption, illegal wildlife trade and human rights violations in Uganda using his flying squad.

“Kayihura has engaged in numerous acts of corruption, including using bribery to strengthen his political position within the government of Uganda, stealing funds intended for official Ugandan government business, and using another government employee to smuggle illicit goods, including drugs, gold and wildlife, out of Uganda.”

So, as a result, US government banned Kayihura, his wife, son and daughter plus the men he worked with and their families from entering the United States of America, under claims that he and his family were engaged in gross violation of human rights and corruption during his reign.

However, Kayihura in his response to the sanction imposed on him by the US government said that they are hypocritical, counterfeit and based on false claims from that boasts of due process, rule of law and democracy.

According to Kayihura, his enemies instigated all these with clear intentions of tarnishing his name.

Nevertheless, Kayihura castigated the US for involving his family in the matter innocently over claims they cannot substantiate.

He claims that his family and he owns no property in the US or anywhere in the world apart from the one they own in Uganda.

Thereafter, he said neither he nor his family has any plans of travelling to the US.

So, with this we shall have to wait and see what government will say in the statement Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda will deliver to Ugandans regarding Gen Kayihura’s sanctions imposed on him by the US government.