Kayihura accuses US intelligence of hypocrisy

Former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura has rubbished the FBI’s accusations against him to have committed serious human rights abuses and was corrupt during his reign as Uganda Police boss.

On September 13th, the Trump administration slapped sanctions against Kayihura through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under the US Treasury Department.

In a statement, the Trump administration said, ” This action complements the Department of State’s concurrent implementation of a visa ban for Kayihura under section 7031 (c) of the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (P .L.116-6) due to Kayihura’s involvement in gross violations of human rights.”

“As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of Kayihura and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by him alone or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons are blocked and must report to the OFAC.”

On receiving the news of being slapped on sanctions, Kayihura has responded to what he calls hypocrisy within US intelligence circles.

Kayihura says the Federal Bureau of Investigations worked closely with him and other units of police in fighting crime.

The US accuses Kayihura of using corruption and bribery to strenthen his political position and using units under his command to commit serious human rights abuses.

Notable among the units that Kayihura deployed to fight crime in his days as police inspector was the Flying Squad disbanded last year by current IGP Martins Okoth Ochola.

Flying Squad, an official unit of police charged with handling violent crime resorted to using civilians who had a history of criminality as ‘operatives’ in investigations.

The criminal operatives were used as informants who had been integrated within the police to aid police operations and investigations.

The idea behind was that former criminals could better identify criminals and thus act as effective watch dogs for crime.

Notorious among these was Abdullah Kitatta, the former patron of “Boda Boda 2010” who was arrested in January 2018 and charged with illegal possession of firearms.

Abdullah Kitatta had been integrated within Police in Kayihura’s regime.

Kitatta’s case rumbles on and is appealing an eight year sentence handed him by the Army Court for his crime.

Prosecution against Kitatta says on January 21, 2018, in Wakaliga, Rubaga Division, the accused together with others were found in illegal possession of a Sub Machine Gun rifle with police registration numbers and an unlicensed pistol.

The US also accuses Kayihura of gross human rights abuses relating to torture.

Kayihura’s regime as police saw the rise of Nalufenya, which was the special investigations center for police located at the River Nile Bridge.

Nalufenya was used to handle suspects charged with terrorism, abetting terrorism, aggravated robbery and murder.

Some of the suspects who were held at Nalufenya in Kayihura’s era.

The evils committed in Nalufenya first came to light on May 11, 2017 when grim pictures tortured Kamwenge Town Council Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama broke in the media.

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