The former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura has spoke back to the sanctions issued via the United Kingdom executive in opposition to him over alleged human rights violations.
The UK executive slapped sanctions on the previous police leader by which he’s going to now not be allowed to go into into UK, channel cash thru UK banks and making the most of their financial system.
“While Kayihura was in charge, he oversaw multiple units responsible for human rights violations including torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment,” the remark via the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly learn partly.
However, based on the sanctions, the previous police leader thru his legal professionals of Kampala Associated Advocates disregarded the allegations in opposition to him as unfounded.
The allegations don’t have any basis each in details and regulation. These sanction via the UK are via america. Nothing new. It is recycling of outdated garbage,” Jet Tumwebaze, a spouse at Kampala Associated Advocates stated on a remark on behalf of the previous police leader.
The legal professionals defined that once the allegations got here, that they had a gathering with former United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac by which the previous IGP pointed to them that the proof they primarily based on was once all concoction.
“We were later invited by the US at the embassy. We wanted to know the specifics. When we were in the meeting, they didn’t come up with specifics. The few they presented, we debunked. The allegations centred on suspects in the terrorism case. Each of those allegations were fully investigated and each has a file. They promised to get back to us. They didn’t. At that time, the US didn’t agree with the UK about the sanctions. M5, a UK security agency, told them (US) that the allegations were false, because they (US and UK agents) both came here and interacted with the suspects.”
“In truth, after the good fortune of the case, they awarded Gen Kale an award as some of the highest law enforcement officials in Africa.
It is a marvel that they sanctioned him for the case they granted him an award.”
The legal professionals stated the most important downside that Gen Kayihura has highlighted to america was once doing their “emperoristic work” the usage of human rights allegations as a canopy “while violating Gen Kale’s rights.”
“What does your children and wife have to do with your work? If you have a case, bring it and give the accused the right to be heard. Over time, some sober people get out of office and those doing politics come in. They are regurgitating the same old allegations.”
In its 2019 sanctions, america executive accused Gen Kayihura of getting immediately supervised torture of detained suspects on the Police Special investigations facility in Jinja.
“As the IGP for the UPF, Kayihura led individuals from the UPF’s Flying Squad Unit, which has engaged in the inhumane treatment of detainees at the Nalufenya Special Investigations Center (NSIC). Flying Squad Unit members reportedly used sticks and rifle butts to abuse NSIC detainees, and officers at NSIC are accused of having beaten one of the detainees with blunt instruments to the point that he lost consciousness. Detainees also reported that after being subjected to the abuse they were offered significant sums of money if they confessed to their involvement in a crime,” america executive stated.
However, Kayihura’s legal professionals have in opposition to blasted the claims that they are saying were carried ahead via the UK executive to demonise the previous police leader.
” People in uniform deserve protection. If there are two overzealous officers, they should be disciplined. Gen Kale funded the legal department in the police more than and he even recruited more lawyers to investigate such cases. There could be operational challenges one or two incidents, but they were investigated and many officers were prosecuted in civil courts or police disciplinary courts.”
The legal professionals additionally blasted what they termed because the condensing perspective of the Western governments.
“They had rejected the US findings. We have been having these engagements but off the media. It is only because of this incidents that we have opened up. We shall do more okulimbulula as President Museveni calls it. As to whether they will use the information, or not, it is another matter.”
Author: Nile Post