It appears Lt. Col. Frank Musisi, a Ugandan-born US Army soldier, faced troubling circumstances upon his return to Uganda.
According to reports, he was detained for three hours at Entebbe International Airport, during which his passport was confiscated by immigration officials from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC).
The reason cited for the confiscation was “pride,” and it is alleged that officials later demanded a bribe for his release. To secure his freedom, Lt. Col. Musisi reportedly had to contact authorities in Washington.
This incident sheds light on a concerning pattern where returning Ugandans, especially those vocal about human rights issues and critical of governance, become targets of suppression. Lt. Col. Musisi has previously spoken out against police brutality and injustice in Uganda, making his detention all the more alarming.
It’s worth noting that this detention occurred amidst a level 3 travel advisory from the United States cautioned against travel to Uganda due to concerns related to crime, terrorism, and anti-LGBTQI+ legislation.
This situation underscores the need for greater scrutiny and accountability within Uganda’s immigration and law enforcement agencies to ensure that returning citizens are treated fairly and their rights are respected.
The Ugandan government has yet to respond to these allegations, but it is essential that they address them transparently and take steps to prevent similar incidents in the future.
As this story continues to develop, we will provide updates and further details as they become available.