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Uganda unveils plan to save former IGP Kayihura, and his family against US sanctions. File photo

Uganda government has directed the Attorney General to study the US sanctions imposed on Gen Kayihura and give legal guidance

The government has issued a directive to the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and other Security Ministers to critically analyse the US sanctions imposed on former IGP Kale Kayihura and later provide legal guidance.

Last week, the US government imposed a travel ban to the United States against Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura over accusations of gross human rights violations that include; corruption and illicit trade in wildlife while at the helm of Uganda police force.

Accusations he later denied, saying they are groundless, hypocritical, counterfeit and based on false claims from the boast of due process, rule of law and democracy.

According to Kayihura, it’s a plot by his enemies who want him dead and to damage his reputation. 

The matter was then raised on the floor of Parliament by the Buhweju County legislator, Francis Mwijukye and other legislators seeking government statement on the matter.

“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. One! is this an indictment to the government? What about the image of the country and the human rights record?” Mwijukye stated.

In his view, he wants what happened to Kayihura be a lesson to the rest of the security departments in the country.

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After legislators’ submission, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga summoned the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to appear before Parliament to state General Kayihura’s fate.

However, yesterday during the Thursday 19 September 2019, Parliamentary sitting, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda released the first government statement on the matter.

Mr Rugunda said they have issued a directive to the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odong, Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine and the Defence Minister, Adolf Mwesige to study the contents of the sanctions issued by US government, to provide government with its legal interpretation.

“The meeting has been called of the ministers responsible for Defence, Security, Internal Affairs and Attorney General to give further examination of this matter so that government handles this matter from a position of knowledge. And this team and government will keep this August House fully posted on what’s happening on that matter,” Dr Rugunda said.

Meanwhile, Geoffrey Macho, Busia Municipality legislator asked former IGP Kale Kayihura to reveal the persons’ who he claims are after his life.

“He thinks their people who are witch-hunting him, who are in the forces. We request him to come out and speak about this matter so that it can be put on rest,” Macho requested.

While Sizomu Rabbi Wambede, the Bungokho County legislator said Kayihura has a right to be protected because he’s a Ugandan. 

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Therefore, security should come out and act immediately on the threats posed against his life and be prosecuted as well, in case of any crime committed.

“General Kale Kayihura is a Ugandan! He has that full right of being safe from anything and anyone threatening him is doing it illegally and if there’s a case to answer, we want him to answer,” Wambede said.