Former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura has labeled a statement from the US government pronouncing sanctions against him, as hypocritical, spurious and full of concoctions.
The US government with the State Secretary’s department imposed sanctions on Kale Kayihura and banned him and his family from travel to the United States for allegedly engaging in corruption and gross violation of human rights.
However, in a statement Saturday morning, Kayiura said that the statement by the US government is hypocritical from a system that boasts of due process, rule of law and democracy.
“This is not only absolutely false but outrageous and infuriating, especially that these accusations and decisions have been made without according me an opportunity to respond to them, whereby I would give evidence to the contrary. The United States Government was known as a government that believed in due process, rule of law and democracy. There was absolutely no due process accorded to me before false wild and defamatory statements about my person and my record were issued from Washington, without any bother to verify such allegations,” Kayihura’s statement stresses.
The former IGP instead claims the US Government passed judgment against him based on deceitful propaganda, rather than facts and the truth. He blames certain elements hell-bent on witch-hunting him for being the genesis of his trouble.
“These allegations fit the now-discredited narrative, which has been perpetrated by intriguers in Uganda since I left the Uganda Police Force. Their objective was to falsely criminalize me and accuse me of all sorts of crimes in order to malign me and destroy my public persona.”
“I find it hypocritical that the United States Government authorities could claim to uphold Human Rights yet in their letter and action, they fall below the lowest standards of the due process of law. How can they accuse, judge and condemn a person without the basic decency to respect the principles of natural justice, specifically, affording a person the opportunity and the right to be heard?”
Kayihura now accuses the US government of disrespecting him and Uganda.
“To sit in Washington and make the spurious and unproven baseless allegations, and take action on them without any effort to establish any truth, against a former IGP and a National Police Force is the highest form of disrespect of a foreign country.”
I worked with FBI and they awarded me
Kale Kayihura also claims that during his tenure as the IGP, he worked very closely with the FBI, which is a security arm of the US government. He, therefore, wonders how he violated the rights of Ugandans and engaged in corruption under the watch of the USA’s very own security arm.
“The fact is that the FBI worked closely with me and with units of police that were involved in fighting crime, including the Flying Squad. They were not scandalised by my leadership but actuallygave me an award for my contribution in the fight against terror. There is no high profile case in which our units did not liaise with the FBI. They participated in, for example, the investigations into the assassinations of the late Joan Kagezi and the late Andrew Felix Kaweesi, as well as the 2010 terror case. The Treasury would thus do well to sanction those officers also.”
“The FBI officers were not spared the false allegations I had become accustomed to. In fact, in the East African Court of Justice in the High Court of Uganda, and in a court in London, allegations were made about the torture of the 2010 terrorist suspects, where the FBI was specifically mentioned, and FBI officers testified.”
“To have people who should have a better context of the challenges we faced and of the effort we undertook in the fight against terror, issue such nonsensical statements, is truly the height of hypocrisy. The Treasury Secretary would be well advised to conduct some research before speaking out against individual persons. For the record, investigations into the murders of the late Joan Kagezi and Andrew Felix Kaweesi were also conducted with help from the FBI. In the case of the latter, the FBI were at the scene of the crime to help us reconstruct it. The FBI also worked with Flying Squad. Thus, instead of searching for my non-existent US properties, the Treasury should instead be helping in the fight against global terror.”
My family don’t need USA
Kayihura also in the long statement lambasted the US government for involving his family aimlessly in allegations they cannot substantiate. The former IGP claimed his family does not own any property in the USA or anywhere in the world.
He also claims that he owns no other bank accounts besides those in Uganda. Kayihura also assured the US government that his family was not in any plans to travel to the United States.
“Regarding the sanctions on myself, my wife, and my children – I find them unfortunate because it is legally, morally, and factually baseless. In any case, neither I nor my family had any plans to travel to the United States, and therefore do not have any need to apply for visas to go there. There was no need to bring my family into a statement based on falsehoods and fabrications.”