KAMPALA – Several high-ranking security officers and ministers in the ruling NRM government have been indicted by the United States for travel and economic sanctions while others are closely being monitored, PML Daily has learnt.
Two weeks ago, the US slapped travel and economic sanctions on former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura over his alleged involvement in gross violations of human right.
And now sources have intimated to this website that as many as five senior army officials and ministers have been indicted by the US on a list that was signed off by President Donal Trump last week.
The list remains a privately guarded matter but sources have revealed that most of the named officials are those who in the recent past have been implicated in cases of money laundering, illegal exploitation of mineral resources, drug and wildlife trafficking.
The USA watch-list of potential inductees in Uganda includes several senior officers in police and security agencies and, some cabinet ministers, sources said.
Some military officials reportedly on the list are those accused of commanding military operations that have resulted in the death of civilians.
Sources privy to the matter have intimidated to this website that while President Museveni has moved to downplay the impact of the sanctions, they may have far-reaching effects on Uganda’s economy.
Responding to US sanctions on Gen Kayihura at the weekend, President Museveni said no Ugandan will ever be handed over to any foreign powers or authorities for trial.
“Ordinarily, the USA does not communicate its investigations, findings or sanctions to individuals on their watch-list but it is until such a person attempts to travel there or tries to transfer money from the USA,” a source said.
Mr Museveni is now relying on China for military and other financial aid, a move sources said has rubbed the Americans the wrong way.