travel ban on former IGP General Kale Kayihura
US government sanctions former IGP Kale Kayihura, places visa ban and freezes his assets over human rights violations. File Photo

United States of America (USA) government has imposed restrictions on Uganda’s former Inspector of Police, General Kale Kayihura.

Fprmer IGP general Kale Kayihura is accused of human rights violations during his 10 years’ reign at the Uganda Police Force through its treasury department.

US government says that 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.”

In a statement released by the US Secretary, Mike Pompeo on Friday 13, Sept 2019, Kayihura together with the officers he worked with between 2005 and 2018 and their family members will not be allowed entry into the United States.

Continuing, US government says Kayihura directly supervised the torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners at Nalufenya Police Special investigations facility in Jinja, through his flying squad between 2005 and 2018, the time he was in office as the Inspector General of Police.

“As the IGP for the UPDF, Kayihura led individuals from the UPDF’s Flying Squad Unit, which has engaged in the inhumane treatment of detainees at the Nalufenya Special Investigations Centre (NSIC),” the statement said. “Flying Squad members reportedly used sticks and rifle butts to abuse NSIC detainees, and officers at NSIC are accused of having beaten one of the detainees with blunt instruments to the point that he lost consciousness. Detainees also reported that after being subjected to the abuse, they were offered significant sums of money if they confessed to their involvement in a crime.”

The statement further state that their actions against general Kale Kayihura and his Squad, is because of their concern for human rights violation and abuses in Uganda, and they will support accountability on whoever violates human rights.

Meanwhile, the US government is calling upon the Uganda government to respect Human Rights and fundamental freedoms that include the freedoms of expression and peace for assembly.

Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Mr Sigal Mandelker said that this should serve as a warning to whoever is involved in human rights violations anywhere around the globe.

“The US government is committed to leveraging our human rights and corruption authorities to target, disrupt, and counter those who engage in abuse and corruption around the world,” Mandelker said.