Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has said the USA ban on former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura sends a strong message for people using their influential positions in Uganda’s security services to violate human rights.
The United States Government on Friday issued travel and economic sanctions against Kayihura and his immediate family members.
Gen. Kayihura, who was in charge of Uganda Police Force from 2005 to 2018 is accused of gross violations of human rights under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, according to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
Posting on his Facebook page yesterday, Bobi Wine said the development is a clear message that impunity shall not go unpunished.
“You may be very powerful today, but there will be an hour of reckoning. Look back and see where those who occupied those offices five years ago are today,” the Kyadondo East Legislator noted.
See Bobi Wine’s statement:
Today, the government of the United States of America imposed sanctions against Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police, General Edward Kale Kayihura.
This comes as good news to all those who suffered untold human rights violations at the hands of Gen. Kale Kayihura and the brutal officers he commanded. It also comes as good news to all freedom fighters in Uganda who have been demanding for justice for victims of murder, torture and other forms of state inspired violence.
Most importantly, I hope this sends a strong message to those who occupy positions of influence in our security services today! Those who are running safe-houses; kidnapping and torturing our people! Those who brutally arrest us and harass us for opposing President Museveni! Those who divert funds and equipment meant to secure Ugandans and instead use them to crack down on political dissent! The message to you is clear- impunity shall not go unpunished. You may be very powerful today, but there will be an hour of reckoning. Look back and see where those who occupied those offices five years ago are today!
Gen. Kale accepted to be used by Museveni to commit so many atrocities against the people of Uganda. Today, even his wife and children and probably his grand children will have to pay the price for his insolence! As he is being brought to book, not even Museveni’s government sympathises with the man who sold his soul to keep the regime in power. He served his purpose in Museveni’s grand scheme, and that is what matters to him. Sadly, today he has a new set of people who have accepted to do the dirty job with even more brute force! The message should particularly go to those who head ISO, ESO, CMI, LDUS, the police force, the ministry of security, etc. Stop committing atrocities against the people of Uganda!
Those who have ears will hear. Those who don’t will wait for their turn.
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