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Trump sends strong warning to M7 as 6 gov’t officials punished by US over Bobi Wine torture

by James Ateenyi

The spokesperson of the United States Embassy in Kampala Mr. Phil Dimon has confirmed that at least six senior security personnel and government officials have been issued travel ban to Trump land.

The ban means that they are not allowed to enter the US and issued to the officials following the incident that marred Arua municipality by-election.

Mr Dimon says the ban illustrates US government commitments to promotion of human rights warning of further consequences if security forces do not stop human rights abuses and violations against unarmed civilians.

According to State-owned New Vision, the 6 officers include policemen and soldiers from UPDF. They were meant to attend a leadership capacity building training at the FBI National Academy at Quantico Virginia.

They were earlier invited but following their involvement in Arua town fracas which resulted in the torture of Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine, their participation has been blocked and travel ban imposed.

The six officials received a letter informing them of travel ban and were signed by Besty Bartko, the US Legal attache based in Nairobi. There explanation that they acted on order from above was rejected by the USA.

Bartko warned that acts of torture attract personal consequences its now upon the individuals responsible to feel the heat and be held responsible.

He added they will only be permitted in the US once the ban is lifted upon review. But the torture acts similar to that of DP activist Yusuf Kawooya outside Christ the King Church yesterday that went viral throughout the night might make things only more complicated for Ugandan officials.

The Kawooya video has already attracted massive condemnation and outrage. The new vision newspaper confirms that the affected officials were linked or participated in the Arua skirmishes that left some victims with severe forms of disability.

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