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Gen Kayihura Charged, remanded

By Ntale Younus

Former Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura has been charged with three counts and remanded to Makindye Military Barracks.

Kayihura has been in the army cell for over three months after he was picked from his home in Lyantonde.

He appeared before the General Court Martial sitting at Makindye presided over by Lt Gen Andrew Guti.

The 63 year old army strategist has been charged with aiding and abetting the kidnapping by commission, repatriating Rwandan exile and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda between 2012 and 2016.

Prosecution was led by Maj Raphael Mugisha and Lt Ambrose Baguma alleges that Gen Kayihura failed to protect war material by issuing arms to unauthorized persons including Boda Boda 2010 members led by jailed Abdallah Kitatta between 2010 and 2018.

Gen Kayihura denied all the charges.

Gen Kayihura was represented by Peter Kabatsi, Dr. Elly Karuhanga, and Dr. Paul Karumiye, Joseph Makko, Elon Karuhanga and Jet Tumwebaze.

Prosecution claims that between 2010 and 2018 Gen Kayihura failed to protect the war battalion and allowed to issue guns and ammunition to members of the defunct Boda Boda 2010 led by Abdallah Kitata.

He was further charged with abetting and kidnapping when he repatriated Rwandan exile and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda between 2012 and 2016.

Among these included Capt Mutabaazi, Jackson Kalemera, and Sgt Innocent Kaliisa among others.

Kayihura has another charge of failure to protect war material and failure to supervise activities under the office of IGP in the different units including Counter Terrorism unit, Flying Squad and counter protection unit.

Defense Lawyers wanted their client to be released on bail, arguing that he has been confined to a two roomed apartment in Makindye Military Police Barracks.

The Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Guti asked the defense to put their request in writing to be considered on August 28.

The case was adjourned to September 4, 2018.

Gen Kayihura has been in the cell since June.

During his tenure as IGP, the numeral strength of police rose from 15,000 to over 50,000 running multiple operations including breaking up several opposition gatherings across the country.

In Match last year, President Museveni accused the force of being infiltrated by criminal elements following the murder of Spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

This marked the turn round of Kayihura’s sweet days at the helm of the force, with the president instituting several investigations.

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