The arrest of General Kale Kayihura shouldn’t be taken lightly or as any normal arrest carried out on ordinary Ugandans.
First and foremost, his arrest on Wednesday afternoon was long overdue-he should have been arrested days after handing over office to his successor and former deputy, AIGP Okoth Ochola Martin.
Why? Sources say Kayihura who managed Uganda Police Force for 12 years with trust from Commander in Chief, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had created division among Police.
“There were those loyal to him firmly and those who would defy his command or directive to execute certain mission,” our source who prefers anonymity says.
“Those who were against his order but pay attention to President Museveni and now his successor-Martin Okoth Ochola were sidelined from knowing bigger projects for Police. The likes of dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi was kept off,” source added.
Even before his sacking by President Museveni on the 4 March this year, Kayihura’s powers was reduced unlike when he was appointed and reappointed for another term.
While a lot of questions are being asked why once Museveni’s right man is now arrested and under military custody, there are so many questions to that effect.
Kayihura, during his reign as Police chief was accused by Ugandan elites and ordinary Ugandans. The claims were that he had personalized Uganda Police Force- making it a ‘anti people’ force.
Among those who accused him during his supremacy were Opposition kingpin, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao, Eria Lukwago and Andrew Karamagi- activist, among others. These country’s politicians were frequently arrested, tear gassed and officers in charge of those arrest defended by former Police chief.
The arrest of Kale Kayihura also comes after his former confidants like Abdallah Kitata, the leader of Boda-boda Power10 alongside Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Ssebata, among others were arrested by Army on allegation of masterminding numerous killings especially within Kampala metropolitan, possessing illegal firearms, and others.
For six months now, Kitata and his colleagues are still under military custody and being tried in Court Martial.
Sources say Kitata and his group being tried in Court Martial could have pinned Kale Kayihura on responsibilities and mission they have been carrying out for years.
The detained being so close to Kale during his reign, security experts who spoke to this news website on anonymity say his Wednesday ‘summon’ by head of the Military, CDF Gen. David Muhoozi was somewhat in line with above connections and grimy dealings.
Kaweesi, Kagezi murder files lost
In late December 2017, there were reports that Kaweesi and Joan Kagezi murder files were lost from offices of Internal Security Organization on Mawanda road, north of Kampala.
It’s also worth noting that in January 2018 at Nakawa Court, State Attorney Racheal Nabwire prayed to Court to adjourn Kaweesi case to another date after Police didn’t produce murder files in Court.
Then, the Nakawa Court Chief magistrate adjourned the murder case hearing to 6 March, 2018.
On Kaweesi murder, prosecution allege that the accused, among them Abudallah Khala, Umar Maganda, Ahmada Shaban Ssenfuka, Hassan Tumusiime, Ibrahim Kissa, Asuman Mugoya, and other still at large-between January and March 2017 in Kampala and districts of Wakiso, Jinja, Bugiri, Tororo, Mukono, Iganga, and others for purposes of influencing government for political or religious objectives directly involved themselves in connivance and murdered former Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
“The lost of those critical murder files alone at the time of Kale’s reign drew the attention of the State to summon and query him,” a security expert opined.
In their June 13th press statement, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) confirmed that Gen. Kale Kayihura was airlifted from his home to Kampala.
“Yesterday 12th June 2018, he was asked to report to the UPDF Chief of Defence forces Gen. David Muhoozi at General Headquarters-Mbuya. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to transport him from there but on arrival, Gen. Kale had traveled to Mbarara and so it had to return to Entebbe Airforce Base.”
“The helicopter was today (yesterday) sent back to Kashagama and has returned safely with him on board,” the press statement reads.
Reports say ex-IGP will face numerous charges from espionage, murder, conspiracy to kidnap, among others.