By Uganda Online
Kampala: Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has condemned the decision by the United States government to impose financial sanctions against Major. General Abel Kandiho, the Chief of Military Intelligence.
UPDF confirmed on Tuesday that it has been officially notified of U.S. financial sanctions against Major General Abel Kandiho.
However, according to UPDF Spokesperson Brig, Flavia Byekwaso, the sanctions are unfair considering the fact that they were done without what she termed as a ‘fair hearing’ and failure to make the necessary consultations before sanctioning their colleague.
“…We are disappointed that such a decision could be made by a country we consider friendly, a partner, and a great ally, without due process and in total disregard of the principle of fair hearing coupled with failure to make the necessary consultations,” Byekwaso said.
She further noted that Uganda would seek clarification from the U.S. government to be able to determine the way forward.
The Treasury is imposing a series of sanctions this week to mark President Joe Biden’s U.S. Summit for Democracy, targeting people it sees as engaged in corruption, serious human rights abuse and who undermine democracy, among others.
The military intelligence service led by Kandiho has been accused by Uganda’s opposition and rights activists of perpetrating harassment and torture of opposition politicians.
The United States in April imposed visa bans on Ugandan government officials accused of human rights violations and repressive acts that tainted the January election.