Controversial IGP Kayihura gets third term

IGP Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura

Parliament on Monday approved a third term for the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura. Kayihura will now serve as the forces’s boss for the next three years.

Shortly after 6:00 p.m., the IGP had emerged from the vetting room and told journalists that he was optimistic  that he may get to office again. He said he had answered the questions by MPs the best way he could.

A source in the committee told URN that Kayihura apologized on behalf of the force for excessive use of force during demonstrations.

The apology came after he was put to task to explain why police were using pink water to mark demonstrators. High-profile leaders in the opposition have been victims of the now dubbed ‘pink shower’.

UPC president, Olara Otunnu, Leader of opposition, Nandala Mafabi and Semuju Ibrahim, MP Kyadondo East have fallen victim to the pink shower.

Kayihura told journalist that police welfare will be among those issues top on his agenda once his contract is renewed. Police officers have been living on merger salaries something that has tempted some of the into corruption.

The lowest ranking officer, constable, pockets about 270,000 shillings per month. This amount with inflation at 30.5% percent, high food and fuel prices over-stretches the income of the officer.

Vincent Sekate, the Deputy police PRO, the force has come up with a few schemes aimed at easing their lives. He says the police SACCO has helped many officers to get loans and very low interest rates. Police welfare shops will assist the policemen to get construction materials at factory prices.

-Uganda Radio Network