By Ivan Mwine
The government of the United States of America has issued tough financial sanctions against Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, who is the Chief of Intelligence, of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).
According to the said Sanctions, Gen. Kandiho’s accounts in various banks across the world have since been frozen and he cannot undertake any transactions until he gets clearance from the US State Department.
However, the UPDF has expressed dismay and disappointment at the decision by President Joe Biden’s government, wondering why the army was not consulted before such an outrageous declaration could be made.
The UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso has since issued a statement decrying the Sanctions against Gen. Kandiho, in which she notes that the government of Uganda is working hand in hand together with that of America to sort this matter.
Byekwaso’s letter reads in part thus; “We have been officially notified about the unilateral financial Sanctions against Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, the Chief of Military Intelligence-UPDF by the United States of America (USA) government.
As a country, and UPDF in particular, a reputable government institution, we are disappointed that such a decision could be made by a country we consider friendly, a partner and great ally, without due process and in total disregard of the principle of Fair Hearing, coupled with failure to make the necessary consultations.
Going forward, we will be seeking clarification from the United States of America/government authorities to be able to determine a way forward.”