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Top Security Meeting Summoned To Discuss US Sanctions Against Kayihura

A top security meeting has been summoned to discuss the fate of former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura (in featured photo).

According to Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Prime Minister, the meeting is scheduled for next week.

 “It is true that American Government has taken measures against General Kale Kayihura and these measures are being studied by Government,” Rugunda said.

He added: “Actually next week a meeting has been called of Ministers if possible for Defence, Security and Internal Affairs and Attorney General to give further examinations of this matter so that Government handles this matter from the position  of knowledge.”

The Premier made the revelation during today’s plenary sitting in response to a directive issued by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to inform the nation on what Government is doing about Kayihura’s fate.

It should be noted that on Wednesday Kadaga asked the Prime Minister to explain the recent United States of America indictment against former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura over accusations of corruption and abuse of human rights.

Kadaga’s directive followed a concern raised by Francis Mwijukye (Buhweju County) who wondered why Government is silent about Kayihura’s sanctions yet at the epitome of his career, President Yoweri Museveni praised Kayihura’s service describing him as a good cadre and questioned why the good cadre had been abandoned at such a time.

Last week, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed visa restrictions and economic sanctions to Kayihura and his family over alleged corruption and human rights abuses with the North American country.

In a statement, US noted that it was in possession of credible information that Kayihura was involved in torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through command responsibility of the Flying Squad, a specialized unit of the Uganda Police Force that reported directly to him.

According to the indictment, Flying Squad Unit members reportedly used sticks and rifle butts to abuse detainees at the infamous Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.

The US Government further accused Kayihura of engaging 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.

Kayihura has since denied the accusations, saying he did most of his work with the US authorities especially the Federal Bureau of Investigations and taunted US of awarding him for his fight against terrorism, describing the allegations as concoction.

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