The West is now paying attention to our pleas, says Bobi Wine

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The West is now paying attention to our pleas, says Bobi Wine
Speaker Anita Among and former ministers Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu are sanctioned

The leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, has expressed his appreciation for the United States government's decision to impose sanctions on Speaker Anita Annet Among.

He welcomed the action as a response to the cries of oppressed Ugandan people.

Kyagulanyi's comments came shortly after the US government sanctioned five current and former Ugandan officials for their involvement in significant corruption and gross violations of human rights.

Among those designated is Speaker Among, who was cited for her role in substantial corruption linked to her leadership position.

Additionally, Mary Goretti Kitutu, the former Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Agnes Nandutu, the former Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs, and Amos Lugolobi, the Minister of State for Finance, were also designated for significant corruption.

Kyagulanyi said they have been urging the civilised world not to turn a blind eye to the impunity perpetuated by the Museveni regime.

"We hope that more individuals and organizations responsible for the suffering of our people will face sanctions," he said.

Kyagulanyi emphasised that these sanctions send a clear message to those accountable for gross human rights violations and the plunder of the nation's resources.

"While they currently control all institutions that should hold them accountable, these sanctions remind them that accountability is not far away," he added.

Earlier this month, Bobi Wine revealed he had lobbied for UK's April sanction of Speaker Among.

According to the US, the sanctioned officials misused public resources and diverted materials intended for Uganda's most vulnerable communities for personal gain.

Peter Elwelu, the former Deputy Chief of the Ugandan Peoples' Defense Forces (UPDF), was also designated for his involvement in gross human rights violations. Elwelu was implicated in extrajudicial killings carried out by UPDF members during his command.

These designations make the officials generally ineligible for entry into the United States.

Furthermore, the sanctions extend to include the spouses of some designated officials.

Among's spouse, Moses Magogo Hassim; Kitutu's spouse, Michael George Kitutu; and Lugolobi's spouse, Evelyne Nakimera, are also prohibited from entering the US.

In addition to these public designations, the US Department is also imposing visa restrictions on several other Ugandan officials.

These individuals have been complicit in undermining the democratic process and suppressing marginalized or vulnerable populations in Uganda.

The United States reaffirms its commitment to stand with Ugandans advocating for democratic principles and a government accountable to its citizens.

The US emphasises that impunity for corrupt officials hampers development, facilitates crime, and results in the unequal distribution of resources, disproportionately affecting underrepresented and underserved populations.

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