12 January 2018

Uganda Recalls Envoy to US for Beating Wife

Photo: Daily Monitor
Dickson Ogwang

Uganda has recalled its deputy ambassador to the United States after the US State Department kicked him out for beating his wife.

Dickson Ogwang was asked to leave Washington DC after he reportedly invoked diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution.

Confirming the incident, Uganda's deputy minister for International Affairs, Mr Okello Oryem, said "it is unfortunate".

"One of our officers had a domestic incident at his house that resulted in him being asked to leave the country; It is unfortunate and we at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognise that," he said.

"When he arrives, we shall counsel him together with his wife so that such a thing does not happen again," Mr Oryem added.

The Daily Monitor, quoting a source, reported that Mr Ogwang had held a thanksgiving party at his residence and that among the guests was a lady alleged he had been having an affair with.

Mrs Ogwang is said to have raised her concerns about the woman.

"Mr Ogwang waited for most of the guests to leave and severely beat his wife injuring her nose," the Daily Monitor quoted the source.

The remaining guests are said to have called in the police and Mrs Ogwang was rushed to hospital.

"When the incident was reported to police it became an issue of diplomatic concern as authorities in Washington wanted Mr Ogwang prosecuted," the source is quoted.

But Mr Okello refuted claims the diplomat was asked to leave the US after police raided his home following the incident.

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