Government spokesperson and Uganda Media Centre Executive Director, Ofwono Opondo has dismissed as fake news the reports that he has been denied a visa to the US.
On Tuesday afternoon, reports making rounds on social media indicated that Opondo had been briefly arrested and detained in the Consular section of the US embassy where he had allegedly gone to apply for a visa which was later allegedly denied to him.
However, in a tweet, Opondo said the reports are fabricated by people with their own motives.
“Very fake news. I have not been to the US embassy in Uganda in a very very long time and have no need to travel to the US. I am very comfortable in Uganda,”Opondo tweeted.
This comes just months after several Ugandan government officials were allegedly denied visas or disturbed while trying to go to the US.
The Chief Justice went through a lot of difficulty as he sought to get an American visa in September whereas the judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana was denied one.
Earlier, the US government had imposed travel restrictions on former Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura over corruption and human rights violations.
“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.
“The U.S. government is committed to leveraging our human rights and corruption authorities to target, disrupt, and counter those who engage in abuse and corruption around the world.”
The statement said by the US government said that as a result of the travel restrictions, all property and interests in property of Kayihura, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 per cent or more by him alone or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked .