SANCTIONS: US Slaps Travel Ban on 7 Top Commanders Over Human Rights Abuse

Some of the commanders under the watchlist of the US PHOTO/INDEPENDENT

By Our Reporter

Kampala, Uganda|SHIFTMEDIA|Seven top to middle commanders of security forces in Uganda could soon find themselves on America’s list of Specially Delegated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN). This list has individuals targeted under various U.S. sanctions programs.

The seven commanders include Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, the Commander of Land Forces, Maj. Gen. James Birungi, the Commander of the Special Forces Command, Maj. Gen. Don William Nabasa, the former Commander of the Special Forces Command, Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, the Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi, the Deputy Inspector of General of Police, Frank Mwesigwa, a Commissioner of Police, and Col. Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira, the Director of Crime Intelligence.

The seven face American sanctions following a request forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Eliot Engel which cited their alleged involvement in human rights abuses past and present.

Engel’s letter has attracted public attention just days after The Independent wrote a story titled: “Where is Ochola, Sabiiti as police unleash terror? They can hide but cannot escape, say human rights watchers” (The Independent  Dec.04)

The story reported how Human rights lawyers and activists want the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to take interest in the recent acts of violence by agents of security forces, especially the police.

Isaac Semakadde, a human rights lawyer and activist, told The Independent that special attention should focus on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Martins Okoth Ochola and his deputy (DIGP) Maj. Gen. Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi. DIGP Sabiiti is now a U.S. marked man, Ochola is not – yet. But for how long?

The Independent’s story also included the U.S’s condemnation of recent election violence- The Independent

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