After the US Treasury and State Departments slapped sanctions on Kale Kayihura, he came out with a statement denying the accusations and crying foul over the US involvement in Uganda’s affairs.
One of the denials that stood out most in Kayihura’s statement was where he denies presiding over a Police Force that carried out torture against suspects and other persons of interest.
“The allegations of Human Rights abuses in relation to Nalufenya, purportedly committed under my watch are false and without foundation. There is no person who was tortured under my instruction or with my knowledge in a police facility in Uganda.” the statement says in part.
Here, Kayihura seems to preempt the darkness that surrounds his tenure at Uganda Police. He distances himself from the Nalufenya Torture facility which has since been closed.
“In fact, a number of Governmental and Non-Governmental institutions, in particular, the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and the Uganda Human Rights Commission, visited Nalufenya from time to time. They fully interacted with the detained suspects and received first-hand information that there were no complaints of their conditions while in detention. Indeed, in their report, the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights stated that there was no torture of suspects taking place in Nalufenya.”
The challenge with Kayihura’s denial of Nalufenya is problematic in many ways. One of those challenges is that there exist several suspects and persons with physical bodily harm that was imposed on them under his reign at Nalufenya.
In fact, Ahmed Ssenfuka, one of the suspects in the Kaweesi murder case has spoken out on sanctions slapped on former IGP General Kale Kayihura by the U.S.
Ssenfuka who is still healing from alleged torture at the hands of the police says the sanctions are not enough. Ssenfuka says claims by General Kayihura that there was no torture are lies, adding that the general deserves imprisonment.
Ssenfuka says he was tortured in an attempt to coerce him into a guilty plea in the murder of Andrew Kaweesi.