MPs want President Museveni to speak on Kayihura’s detention

MPs want President Museveni to speak on Kayihura's detention
Stephen Mukitale, the Buliisa District MP, says President Museveni should specifically tell the country about the detention of Gen. Kale Kayihura and if there is any rift between Uganda and Rwanda

A section of Members of Parliament wants President Museveni to speak on the recent arrest of former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, and the country’s relations with Rwanda.

President Museveni will this afternoon address Parliament on the security situation in the country. This follows the killing of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and a spate of murders and kidnaps for ransom.

Stephen Mukitale, the Buliisa District MP, says Museveni should specifically tell the country about the detention of Kayihura and if there is any rift between Uganda and Rwanda.

Mukitale claims he personally told the President that Kayihura was involved in espionage activities.

Over the years, Rwandan refugees and exiles living in Uganda have raised concerns about some of their relatives being abducted or killed by the Rwandan government agents. Some reports have cited both Uganda and Rwandan security operatives as being at the center of the kidnap and extradition of the refugees.

In August this last year, Rene Rutagungira, a retired Sergeant who fled Rwanda in 2004 over alleged persecution, was allegedly kidnapped in Kampala. Rutagungira was paraded before the General Court Martial in Makindye, on October 27, alongside senior police officers on charges of kidnap.

Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard to President Paul Kagame, was also allegedly kidnapped and controversially extradited to Kigali, despite being under protection from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

According to UNHCR, Uganda hosts 15,853 Rwandan refugees.

Margaret Rwabushaija the National Workers Representative, wants Museveni to give an account on the progress of investigations into the murder of women in Entebbe and the recent spate of kidnaps.

Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga, the MP Mukono South, says being the commander in chief, Museveni should assure Ugandans of security.

Akello Rose Lilly the Woman MP Kabong district says the country is living in fear and wants the President to give assurance to Ugandans.

Kayihura is currently being detained at Makindye Military barracks, following his arrest last week.

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