The United States government under the Biden administration has started to witch hunt some of the leading Human rights violators within the Museveni government. On December 3, Washington added Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence boss Abel Kandiho to its sanctions over his role in tormenting and abducting Ugandans opposed to the NRM government during the 2021 polls.
Washington reached the verdict after gathering credible intelligence that the CMI bose Kandiho was behind the string of abductions that preceded the 2021 polls. In a report tabled to the Biden administration, it was realized that Kandiho was running several safe houses where youths affiliated to the opposition were kept before, during and after the 2021 polls.
“Kandiho captured, kept and actually mishandled Ugandans because of their nationality, political perspectives or being opposed to the sitting government,” noted the report pinning Kandiho. “Those confined by Kandiho were held without judicial actions, exposed to horrific beatings and other egregious acts including sexual abuse and electrocutions that led to long term injury and even death,” the report noted further.
The report further established that Kandiho himself would be involved in the heinous acts. “At times, Kandiho was actually involved, driving cross examinations of confined people,” says the report.
UPDF cry foul
UPDF in a Tuesday statement cried foul and expressed dissatisfaction with the Biden administration for slapping its top officer without granting him a ‘fair hearing’.
“As a country and UPDF in particular, a reputable government institution, we are disappointed that such a decision could be made by country we consider friendly, a partner and a great ally, without due process and in total disregard of the principle of fair hearing coupled with failure to make the necessary consultation. Going forward, we will be seeking clarification from the United States of America government/authorities to be able to determine the way forward,” UPDF said in a Tuesday statement.
Abel Kandiho becomes the second top decorated UPDF officer to be sanctioned by the US administration. He joins ex police chief Gen. Kale Kayihura who was sanctioned in 2019 by the Trump administration.