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Gen Kayihura under arrest

Former inspector general of police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura is under arrest. Kayihura was picked up today from Lyantonde by army officers led by deputy chief of defence forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi and flown to army headquarters in Mbuya. 

While authorities in the army and police don't confirm or deny that the former top cop, sacked by President Yoweri Museveni in March this year is under arrest, we have learnt that Kayihura has been blocked twice by the state from leaving the country - in what appears to be orders from top most commanders to place the former top cop under house arrest.

A statement from army spokesperson Richard Karemire today states that yesterday June 12, a helicopter was dispatched to Lyantonde by "Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi to take him from there, but on arrival, Gen Kale Kayihura had travelled to Mbarara and so it had to return to Entebbe Airforce Base."

According to Karemire, today June 13, a helicopter has been sent back to Kashagama, Lyantonde where Kayihura has been staying since March 15, 2018 after handing over as IGP. Karemire says the helicopter has safely returned to Kampala with Kayihura on board. 

A close associate who spoke to The Observer said, much as they had heard the rumour of house arrest for some time, Kayihura had treated it as not a serious threat until last month when he was blocked from travelling to Germany for treatment.

Kayihura had reportedly secured a medical visa but his bosses refused to clear his travel. He then attempted to travel to South Africa from where he would connect to Germany but still he got blocked at the airport. 

Gen Kale Kayihura addressing the media when he was still IGP

Yesterday, operatives believed to be the elite forces, SFC in an operation to arrest Kayihura stormed Courtyard international hotel and Sky blue hotel in Lyantonde where Kayihura is said to be a regular reveller. It is not immediately clear if the hotels search was after finding Kayihura was found missing from his country home in Lyantonde.

Kayihura was sacked as IGP by President Museveni in March this year. He was sacked alongside then Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.

According to a source, President Museveni is said to have sanctioned Kayihura's arrest after several intelligence reports suggested that the former police chief was behind the rampant kidnaps and killings across the country.  

The once powerful top cop could face murder charges in Ugandan courts. Since last week, security forces have been planning the operation to arrest the former police chief and at the same time on how to dismantle the crime preventers force which is said to be an extension of the mafia network he had created in the police force. 

According to a source close to the Presidency, by the time of his sacking, Kayihura had created a network of mafias within the police. 

The arrest and eventual confession of a one Abel Kitagenda, a former Flying Squad operative over the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi offered credence to the intelligence information that linked the former IGP to the murders, the State House source said.

Kitagenda was recently arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) upon return from Canada where he'd reportedly fled to following the murder of Kaweesi last year.

Investigators established that at the time of the shooting, Kaweesi's car was clearly put to a stop and the handbrake engaged, meaning at the time of the shooting, the car had come to a complete stop otherwise, naturally, the car would have veered off the road.

According to sources close to the Kaweesi murder investigations, the unsuspecting Kaweesi must have been waved down by someone he knew - hence asking his driver to stop. It is at this point that the shooting began may have taken place. Kitagenda reportedly tried to secure a new passport under different names, raising suspicions from the security agencies. 

When it was finally decided to get Kayihura arrested, SFC operatives first gathered information on Kayihura's possible location before setting off for Lyantonde. Sources both in State House and Lyantonde said that the plain clothed SFC soldiers acted discreetly to avoid public attention.

At Sky blue hotel and Courtyard hotel in Lyantonde, the soldiers introduced themselves to the hotel staff but didn't go into details of their mission.

Kayihura predicted his sacking and arrest as early as last year. Addressing the 23rd annual general meeting of local governments in September 2017 at St Peter’s Technical Institute Mubende , Kayihura said “The president was criticising us that we have failed to stamp out crime...If we are to prevent crime, we must address the root causes of crime in society,” Kayihura said.

These songs of police this, police that...Kayihura alemeddwa [has failed]…Okay, Kayihura can be sent to Luzira [prison] but I tell you, if you don’t address the problems in society, even if you put I don’t know who, whoever you put there [as IGP], the problems of crime will not be solved,” he said then. 

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-1 #31 Ensi eno! 2018-06-14 12:58
Hahahaha, Ugandans are an interesting lot, very easy to hoodwink.

They have brought this story to 'chase' them away from Abiriga and they have followed....bambi....
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-1 #32 Lakwena 2018-06-14 16:14
Quoting miki:
There are very many reasons for which Mr. Kayihura deserves to be arrested and face justice. However, we still don't know why he was arrested.

It may also be pre-mature to think that this man who turned the police force into a criminal entity, violated the rights of many Ugandans will ever face justice.

But at least we can point out one thing: his arrest is an instructive lesson to those still serving this regime. Don't commit atrocities against other Ugandans on behalf of Mr. Museveni.

Don't do what Mr. Museveni never asks his beloved son do. It is not an accident that nobody can ever accuse Brigadier Muhozi of any atrocity against anybody.


But Miki, Muhoozi unjustly grabbed Joseph Kony's jerrican and guitar.

In other words, some of the abducted children were murdered in the process.
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+3 #33 Mubiru 2018-06-14 17:16
This is the price paid by all OVER-STAYERS.

Familiarity, the saying goes, always "breeds contempt". Over-stayers having enjoyed the fruits of the jobs for ages tend to believe that they own those jobs and feel untouchable.

They get intoxicated by praise-singers especially when one of the flatterers is the appointing body. Bampaane (praise singers) blind any sense of their judgement once they had when they first tasted the power.

They are then deluded to believe they can stay in "their" jobs until the second resurrection of LARARIOUS- LAZAALO.

This man used to transfer staff just once in awhile but had reached the stage of transferring adult mature responsible people almost every week before even settling in jobs to which they had been assigned just a week earlier.

This is a good lesson to all over-stayers who believe they are a "gift" to Uganda and can treat Ugandans as dirt.
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-2 #34 David Kayumba 2018-06-15 06:06
Whatever outcome of this late face-saving exercise by Mr. Museveni, he should tell us why it took him so long to see what the ordinary people saw a long time ago.

It is clear that the suspects presented in the assassination of Kaweesi were innocent and actually court ordered the government to compensate them for the torture they were subjected to.

Many suspects confessed on camera how they were tortured in the bid to incriminate them. It seems the man in the yellow was more important than all the Ugandans who have been gruesomely killed under the watch of our president!

Parliament has as M7 been a silent beast in the face of kidnaps, bijambiya activities as well as the killings of Entebbe women. Shame on you both. Let us how far you will go in protecting Ugandans.

Maybe this time you will wake up, and Hon Abiriga`s unnecessary death will have been the wake-up call to a complacent government.
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