President Yoweri Museveni has opened up for the first time, about the sanctions slapped recently on former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura.
The US imposed travel and economic sanctions on Gen Kayihura citing his human rights record whilst he served as IGP.
The US. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s said all of Kayihura’s property and interests in his property and of any entities he owns directly or indirectly that are in the USA or in possession or control of US persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.
President Museveni in a Sunday statement, castigated the move by the US to sanction Kayihura, saying for all of the former IGP’s misdeeds, he was already facing justice in Uganda.
Museveni however, also condemned Kayihura for ever making investments in the US, describing this as an act of Treason.
“What would be disappointing is to hear that Kale had investments in the USA that his children go to see. That would be treason,” Museveni said.
The president emphasized that he himself has never made any investment or hidden property outside Africa.
“Investments in the USA when Uganda needs investments? I do not have and will never have a single investment outside Uganda; possibly, for some sentimental reasons, I could consider investing in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda etc. – African countries,” he wrote.
“However, for non- African Countries: “No”, “Never”. Why? It is the African slave labour during 300 years of slavery, the African resources during the colonial times and the African resources during neo- colonial times that contributed greatly to the prosperity of those countries to the detriment of Africa (How Europe under- developed Africa- Walter Rodney). “
Gen Kayihura while responding to the US sanctions last week denied ever owning property in the US.
“The insinuations in the statement that I could own any property outside Uganda are totally fabricated and malicious. The freezing of my so-called assets therefore, is comical,” Kayihura said.
However, reports indicate that the United States had investigated and indeed confirmed that Gen Kayihura had assets there.
“The USA would never take such serious action (such as imposing sanctions) without watertight evidence,” an official told the Observer last week.