US embassy denies detaining Opondo

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US Embassy in Kampala

The US mission in Kampala has spoken out on social media reports claiming its security arrested and detained Ofwono Opondo P’Odel‏, government spokesperson.

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”.

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. Am very comfortable in Uganda and more in #Mulanda.”

The embassy too spoke out calling the report false.

“A false news story is circulating about Ofwono Opondo being detained at the U.S. embassy,” the mission tweeted.

“Mr. Opondo did not appear at the embassy, nor was he arrested or detained on or near the embassy compound. This story is completely false, & Mr. Opondo has confirmed this as well on Twitter.”

Recently, US government slapped a travel ban on some government officials on different grounds including corruption and abuse of human rights.

This came after 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.

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