By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The army remains tight-lipped on former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura’s fate after he was airlifted to the UPDF General Headquarters in Mbuya on Wednesday.
Defense Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire who on Wednesday confirmed airlifting of Gen Kayihura from his farm in Kashagama, Lyantonde district has declined to comment on reports that the General is being detained at Makindye Barracks Prison. “I’m in a meeting,” is what Brig Karemire said when this reporter called him on phone. He did not respond to our follow up whatsApp message.
On Wednesday, the army spokesperson said in a statement, “Yesterday 12th June 2018, he (Kayihura) was asked to report to the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi at the 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 UPDF statement added, “The helicopter was today (Wednesday) sent back to Kashagama and has returned safely to Kampala with him (Kayihura on board.”
The statement did not however explain why the former police chief was summoned and what will follow next and this has given room to continued speculation, with many suggesting that he is in detention at Makindye Barracks Prison, pending prosecution in the Military Court Martial for charges related to the murder of former Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Kaweesi was gunned down in March 2017.
But as speculation continues on whether the Military General would face trouble or not, his home in Muyenga has been put under tight military guard. Armed soldiers and police counter-terrorism personnel have been deployed at the palatial home since Wednesday when reports went viral that the former police boss faces arrest. This followed an alleged security search at Courtyard Hotel Lyantonde, which is Kayihura’s regular dueling place on Tuesday evening.
Gen Kayihura is reportedly in detention with former Police Flying Squad Commander, Herbert Muhangi and the Police Cyber Unit Head Richard Ndaboine. The duo, known to be Gen Kayihura’s associates was reportedly arrested on Tuesday over charges yet to be known.
Gen Kayihura was sacked as Inspector General of Police three months ago and replaced with his deputy Martin Okoth Ochola. His sacking was preceded by numerous arrests of top police bosses known to be his blue-eyed boys over crimes related to espionage and armed robbery among others.
It’s not clear if the arrests of the likes of Nixon Agasirwe, former Head Police Special Operations Unit, implicated Kayihura.