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Rugunda Summoned to Address Parliament on US Sanctions against Kayihura

Parliament has summoned the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to address the nation on the government position on the recent sanctions imposed by the United States government against the former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura.

The decision was made when Buhweju county MP, Francis Mwijukye demanded to know the government position on the matter which took the country by storm on Friday last week.

“Madam Speaker and honorable members, we are now all aware of the sanctions the US. Government imposed on our former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kayihura. However we are yet to get the government response or statement on the sanction,” said Mwijukye.

Mwijukye wondered why the government is seemingly not bothered by the US stern action against Kayihura, the man who was allegedly praised by President Yoweri Museveni as a “good cadre”.

“Kayihura was working for government and he was one time described by the President as a good cadre. The grave accusation against him is about human rights violations and the government is just quiet.”

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after Mwijukye’s submission, asked for the appearance of the Prime Minister to tell the nation the government position on the matter.

“It is better we have the Prime Minister to tell us more. Let us know the government position,” said Kadaga.

Finance State Minister, David Bahati, currently a big force on Government frontbench, stood and endorsed the Kadaga’s decision.

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“The Prime Minister is going to give a statement at the next sitting (tomorrow, Thursday),” said Bahati.

The US Department of Treasury announced on Friday the effecting of Executive Order to enforce travel ban and asset freeze against Kayihura, his wife and children over alleged gross abuse of human rights and corruption.

“We are targeting Uganda’s former Police Inspector General Kale Kayihura for using corruption and bribery to strengthen his political position, as units under his command committed serious human rights abuses,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

 

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