KABALE, UGANDA: The former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura has for the first time made a maiden presence in Kigezi Sub-region five years since President Museveni sanctioned his arrest.
After Kayihura’s arrest, he was charged by the general court-martial with failure to protect war materials, failure to supervise police officers and abetting kidnap. The military prosecutors also accused him of failure to supervise and ensure accountability for firearms and ammunition issued to specialized units in the police such as the Flying Squad Unit, Crime Intelligence and Special Operations Unit and Witness Protection Unit.
As a result, Gen Kayihura was restricted from making travels in and outside the country.
In 2021, the General Court Martial chair Lt. General Andrew Gutti wrote to the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF inquiring about President Museveni’s promise to have the charges against the former police chief, Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura dropped.
During the 2021 general election campaigns, NRM leaders in the district led by Kisoro district LC 5 chairperson Abel Bizimana asked Museveni to pardon Kayihura who is battling charges of failure to protect war materials, failure to supervise police officers and kidnapping.
In his response, Museveni said Kayihura was their person as the National Resistance Movement and promised to talk to UPDF prosecutors and have him forgiven.
On Wednesday, April 19, Gen Kayihura appeared at the Katuna-Gatuna border reopening Thanksgiving and Rukundo Egumeho concert conducted at Kigezi High School playground in Kabale municipality.
Without disclosing anything, Gen Muhoozi who is also the first son welcomed his counterpart Gen Kayihura, a moment which sparked happiness among a section of Kisoro district leaders.
Kisoro district chairperson Abel Bizimana and Bufumbira North County Member of Parliament John Nizeyimana Kamara asked Gen Muhoozi to engage the President to ensure that Kayihura is completely freed and retired after a heavy punishment.
The duo argued that Gen Kayihura started many projects in Kisoro that employed several youths and have since stalled since his movements were restricted.
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