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Minister defends continued detention without trial of Kayihura

Gen Kale Kayihura 

The minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo says the state can't respect the 48-hour detention rule on former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura due to the nature of the case(s) against him.

While briefing parliament on Thursday on the security situation in the country, Odongo was tasked by Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi to explain why Kayihura is still under detention, a month after he was arrested.

The Constitution provides that a person arrested or detained for the purpose of bringing him or her before a court or upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offence under laws of Uganda, shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than 48 hours from the time of his or her arrest.

However Odongo said looking at the nature of the case, it is not easy at all to honor the rule on Kayihura. Odongo did not disclose the cases against Kayihura.

"There is this requirement, but sometimes by nature of the matter at hand, it may not be easy to fully, fulfil that requirement, and so sometimes we will request your indulgence and understanding," Odongo told the House.  

Kayihura is currently detained at Makindye Military Barracks after being arrested last month. Odongo, also said that the country is secure following intensified security measures.

 
He cited the local council elections that were held peacefully. He also said that the crime rate in the country has significantly dropped following intensified police patrol across different parts of the country. 

However, MPs rejected the report presented by the minister, saying that it does not address pertinent security concerns.

The leader of opposition Winfred Kiiza questioned why the minister insists the country is safe and yet President Museveni while addressing parliament said that the Democratic Republic of Congo is harbouring wrong elements.

She also questioned why government plans to provide security including snipers to all MPs, if the country is peaceful.

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-1 #11 Mubiru 2018-07-20 15:54
"Odongo said looking at the nature of the case, it is not easy at all to honor the rule on Kayihura" -(ie bringing Kayihura to court within the statutory 48 hrs of his arrest).

As I see it, the same excuse will be used to "try" the man in private to present the public gain access to secret and private information (classified)- only available to the relevant authority.

Billions of money have been spent by government in the name of "classified" expenditure and the public, including parliament, can't question anything "classified".

So is Kayihura's position and that will end the saga. Business will continue as usual. In otherwise, to use Lakwena's phrase, Kayihura's case is CLASSIFIED.
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+2 #12 Lakwena 2018-07-20 17:38
In other words, Gen Skinhead Odongo is parroting his Master's Voice, until the same fate gets at him.

Otherwise, from treason, bank robbery, organized crime, murder, massacres (genocide), etc., what crime has Gen Kayihura committed this time that Mr. M7 has not yet committed; to make it different in nature?

When the time for justice to be seen and done comes; as Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Skinhead will be charged with aiding and abetting crime against humanity (functional guilt).
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+1 #13 miki 2018-07-20 19:51
Ugandans must always speak out in support of the law when they still have a voice.

Even in matters or cases we may be feeling very strongly about.f Mr. Kayihura who as Inspector General of police criminalized it like never before, used his office to abuse the rights of many Ugandans even sending many to their early graves, In doing all this Kayihura thought that the constitution and all the laws that stem from it were useless as far as his victims were concerned. He used thugs to intimidate courts, ignored court summons when as a lawyer, a soldier and IGP he should have been on the side o the law all the time.

He wasn't. This is what Mr. Jeje Odongo fails to understand, just like Mr. Kayihura himself failed to understand this. Ugandans don't want more criminal acts done on their behalf on the pretext of preserving law and order.
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0 #14 rubangakene 2018-07-20 22:54
When Kayihura was head of police, was Odongo under him?

He never sanctioned Kayihura excesses when he was the "his boss" at the time and now I am not sure he even knows why Kayihura has been arrested.

'A penny for your thoughts if any, fellow Ugandans!"
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0 #15 Kilembe kasuku 2018-07-22 01:16
Quoting Mubiru:
"Odongo said looking at the nature of the case, it is not easy at all to honor the rule on Kayihura" -(ie bringing Kayihura to court within the statutory 48 hrs of his arrest).

As I see it, the same excuse will be used to "try" the man in private to present the public gain access to secret and private information (classified)- only available to the relevant authority.

Billions of money have been spent by government in the name of "classified" expenditure and the public, including parliament, can't question anything "classified".

So is Kayihura's position and that will end the saga. Business will continue as usual. In otherwise, to use Lakwena's phrase, Kayihura's case is CLASSIFIED.


But why don't we instead or equally advocate for JJ and M7 to be tried if we feel KK is a criminal?

Because these two oversaw and or appointed him to the position he held on for over 13 years!
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0 #16 WADADA rogers 2018-07-22 17:30
But why is Kivumbi concerned about this kayihura man, there is a possibility that Kayihura is not in detention at Makindye but sleeping at his home.
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