By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has been ordered to return to court martial on February 4, when hearing of his case is expected to commence.
General Kayihura on Monday reported to the General Court Martial headquarters in Makindye, as per his bail terms. He is charged with three counts: two on failing to protect war materials and one on aiding and abetting kidnap; cases court said were by commission or omission during his reign as Inspector General of Police. The General has however since denied the charges.
The former Inspector General of Police was granted bail in August last year, following his arrest and eventual detention at Makindye Military Barracks in June. He was directed to be reporting back to court every first Monday of the month as one of the bail terms.
However, during his appearance on Monday, Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti said he was not fully ready to begin trial. He directed General Kayihura to re-appear in court on February 4.
General Kayihura was arrested in June last year after a military helicopter airlifted him from his home in Kashagama, Lyantonde district. Although the army confirmed the General had been picked for questioning at the UPDF General Headquarters Mbuya, he would later be detained at Makindye Military Barracks for over two months.
Gen Kayihura, Uganda’s longest serving police chief was arrested barely three months after his sacking by President Yoweri Museveni in March 2018. He was replaced by his Deputy Martin Okoth Ochola after heading the Police Force for twelve years.