United States slaps sanctions on CMI criminal in chief, Maj Gen Abel Kandiho for detaining illegally, torturing, and killing innocent Ugandans, mainly opposition supporters.
On December 7, 2021, USA Released a statement slapping financial sanctions on CMI Criminal in chief Maj Gen Abel Kandiho on allegations of illegally detaining, torturing, and killing innocent Ugandans, mainly opposition supporters.
STATEMENT FROM USA
REPRESSION IN UGANDA: ABEL KANDIHO
As commander of the Ugandan Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Major General Abel Kandiho (Kandiho) and other CMI officers have arrested, detained, and physically abused persons in Uganda. The CMI targeted individuals due to their nationality, political views, or critique of the Ugandan government. Individuals were taken into custody and held, often without legal proceedings, at CMI detention facilities where they were subjected to horrific beatings and other egregious acts by CMI officials, including sexual abuse and electrocutions, often resulting in significant long-term injury and even death. During these incarcerations, victims were kept in solitary confinement and unable to contact friends, family, or legal support. In some cases, Kandiho was personally involved, leading interrogations of detained individuals.
Kandiho is designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being a foreign person who is or has been a leader or official of an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse relating to his tenure.
However Maj Gen Abel Kandiho responded “I’m concetrating on my work. The threats we have in the region need more concentration. I will not allow to be diverted. The sanction is political and i am not a politician. I am not bothered – i have no business with USA.” Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho – CMI Commander Maj Gen Abel Kandiho