U.S. Sanctions Among for Corruption and Human Rights Violations

The U.S. State Department has barred Speaker of Parliament Anita Among and four other Ugandan officials from entering the United States due to significant corruption and gross human rights violations. The officials involved are Minister of State for Finance Amos Lugolobi, former Minister of Karamoja Affairs Mary Goretti Kitutu, former Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs Agnes Nandutu, and former Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Peter Elwelu.

According to a statement by Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, Speaker Anita Among is implicated in significant corruption related to her parliamentary leadership. Ms. Kitutu, Ms. Nandutu, and Mr. Lugolobi face sanctions for their involvement in corruption that misappropriated public resources from Uganda’s neediest communities. All four officials abused their positions for personal gain at the expense of Ugandans. Additionally, Lt Gen Elwelu was sanctioned for his role in human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings by UPDF forces.

The Department is also imposing visa restrictions on several other Ugandan officials for undermining the democratic process and repressing marginalized populations. These individuals are implicated in the repression of political opposition, civil society organizers, and vulnerable communities.

The U.S. stands with Ugandans advocating for democratic principles, accountability, and a government that serves all its citizens. Corruption and human rights abuses hinder development, facilitate crime, and cause unequal resource distribution, affecting underrepresented and underserved populations disproportionately.

These sanctions, made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2024, reaffirm the U.S. commitment to transparency, combating global corruption, and addressing impunity. The Department has also sanctioned the spouses of Among, Kitutu, and Lugolobi, making them ineligible for U.S. entry. 

Additional visa restrictions are being implemented under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, following policy expansions by Secretary Blinken in December 2023.

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