State Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania has said he does not know why the former inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura is being held.
General Kayihura was arrested on Wednesday from his home in Kasagama, Lyantonde district on the directives of the UPDF chief of defence forces Gen David Muhoozi. He was flown in a UPDF helicopter to Mbuya army headquarters and referred to Makindye Military Barracks for interrogation on matters that the says are still unspecified.
According to security sources, Kayihura has been linked to the recent spate of crimes in the country, including the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi last year. Now, minister Kania said he does not know why Kayihura is in detention. Instead, he advised journalists to find out from 'the people who arrested him'
"I don't know, ask the people who picked him," said Kania.
Kayihura who was sacked by President Yoweri Museveni in March has been criticized for failing to address insecurity leading to a number of high profile murders, kidnaps and robbers in the country. He had been at the helm of the police force since 2005.
It's during his tenure, that a senior police officer, Kaweesi was gunned down alongside his bodyguard and driver in Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala.
Also killed during the same time was state prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Major Muhammad Kiggundu, and several Muslim clerics, shot in parts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mayuge. During his reign, a number of women were murdered in Wakiso district is suspected serial killings.
Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa recently said Kayihura had been arrested for crimes committed during his leadership as IGP.