KAMPALA – The US Embassy in Uganda has dismissed as fake news reports that it detained Uganda government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.
In a statement issued on their social media platforms on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the US Mission in Uganda said Mr Opondo did even not appear at the embassy.
“A false news story is circulating about Ofwono Opondo being detained at the U.S. embassy. Mr. Opondo did not appear at the embassy, nor was he arrested or detained on or near the embassy compound. This story is completely false, & Mr Opondo has confirmed this as well on Twitter,” the tweet says.
Mr Opondo himself on Tuesday said that he had not been at the US embassy in “a very long time” and has no need to travel to the US because he’s comfortable in Uganda.
“Very fake news. I have not been to the US embassy in Uganda in a very very long time and have no need to travel to the US. I’m very comfortable in Uganda and more in Mulanda,” Mr Opondo tweeted.
Since September when the US Department sanctioned former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura over alleged gross violation of human rights, several government officials have been tension fearing that they next.
Judiciary officials, including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, were also reportedly subjected to humiliating questions as they sought to travel to the United States of America recently while the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, was blocked from travel amid the continued fallout over sanctions.