Ofwono Opondo P’Odel, government spokesperson, has dismissed as untrue reports claiming that he was arrested and detained at the US embassy in Kampala before being denied an American visa.
The social media report had claimed that Opondo who also doubles as the Uganda Media Centre executive director “was arrested and detained for 30 minutes by USA security forces in the consular sector of the USA embassy”.
“He was appearing for his visa application to USA but he was denied and started a loner protest including shouting within the embassy”.
The report further claimed that Opondo was released 30 minutes later.
In response, Opondo said: “Very #FakeNews. I have not been to the @USAmbUganda in a very very long time and have no need to travel to the US.”
He added: “[I] Am very comfortable in Uganda and more in #Mulanda.”
Recently, US government slapped a travel ban on some government officials on different grounds including corruption and abuse of human rights.
On September 13, 2019, former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for gross violation of Human rights when he was head of the Uganda Police Force.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe was reportedly subjected to humiliating questions while the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, was blocked from travelling to America.