Besigye wants US to slap sanctions on Kutesa, Museveni

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr Kizza Besigye has asked the US to slap travel and other sanctions on Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni and his Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa over their involvement in an alleged bribery scandal involving a Chinese business executive.

In his end of year address to the media, Museveni and Kutesa’s implication in the conviction trial of former Hong Kong minister Chi Ping Patrick Ho is enough ground for the US to place sanctions against them.

Museveni and Kutesa – his in-law allegedly received $500,000 (Shs1.9 billion) from Ho who was acting on behalf of China Energy Fund Company (CEFC China) in return for business favours.

Commenting about the local politics, Besigye said that the coming year, 2019, is going to be a year of action “for the people to regain their power.”

Besigye said that he has spent two years since the 2016 elections preparing the population to take back their power.

He said that with the new impetus in the population, 2019 is going to be a year of action.

“Our focus is to procure a political transition at the earliest possible time,” Besigye said as he also called for the harmonisation of strategies for all the Opposition groups seeking to end Museveni’s rule.

He also spoke against the unresolved cases murders that have rocked the country this year notably the killing of former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira.