Thursday, May 30, 2024
+256 414 234 143 kaysmash@kaysmash.com
LocalNews

Speaker Among, Minister Lugoloobi, Kitutu, Nandutu & Elwelu banned from USA

US Department says, the 5 have been designated for their alleged involvement in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it has designated five current and former Ugandan officials for their alleged involvement in “significant corruption or gross violations of human rights,” making them effectively ineligible to enter the U.S.

In a statement, the department said the designation applied to Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, former minister of Karamoja Affairs Mary Goretti Kitutu, former Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs Agnes Nandutu, Minister of State for Finance Amos Lugolobi and former Deputy Chief of the Ugandan Peoples´ Defence Forces Peter Elwelu. (Reporting by Susan Heavey)

According to the press statement released today by the spokesperson of the State department Mathew Miller, the Speaker Anita Among has been designated due her involvement in significant corruption tied to her leadership.

The press statement also notes that the Former Minister of Karamoja affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu, former Minister of state for Karamoja Affairs Agnes Nandutu and the current Minister of State for Finance Hon. Amos Lugoloobi have been designated due to their involvement in significant corruption related to conduct that misused public resources and diverted materials from Uganda’s neediest communities. “All four officials abused their public positions for their personal benefit at the expense of Ugandans.” Said the department spokesperson in a press statement

In addition, the press statement suggests that the former Deputy Chief of the Ugandan Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF),Peter Elwelu is being designated as well due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. “Specifically, Peter Elwelu was involved, while commanding UPDF forces, in extrajudicial killings that were committed by members of the UPDF. As a result of these actions, the designated Ugandan officials are generally ineligible for entry into the United States.” Said the department spokesperson

The spokesperson in his press statement further noted that their department is also taking steps to impose visa restrictions on multiple other Ugandan officials for undermining the democratic process and repressing members of marginalized or vulnerable populations in Uganda. “These individuals are responsible for, or complicit in, the repression of Ugandan members of political opposition groups, civil society organizers, and vulnerable communities in Uganda.” He said in his press statement

The statement also outlined that the United states stands with Ugandans advocating for democratic principles, a government that delivers for all its citizens, and accountability for actions committed by those who abuse their position through corruption and gross violations of human rights.

The press statement further notified that the public designations are made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2024 (Div. F, P.L. 118-47). The Department is also designating Among’s spouse, Moses Magogo Hassim; Kitutu’s spouse, Michael George Kitutu; and Lugolobi’s spouse, Evelyne Nakimera; they also are generally ineligible for entry into the United States. The additional steps to impose visa restrictions on multiple other Ugandan individuals are being taken under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act under the policy

 

 

 

Derek Kanalo
the authorDerek Kanalo
News Reporter/ Editor
Am a professionally trained and well skilled media personality. Accuracy is part of my top priority as a journalist.