President Museveni sanctioned the arrest of former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura after he was pinned by his associates arrested earlier, this publication has learned.
Gen. Kayihura was arrested a week ago from his countryside home in Kashagama, Lyantonde District. The former police chief is currently being detained at Makindye Military Police Barracks.
As Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) conducted an on and off operation that lasted nearly 24 hours to airlift Kayihura from Lyantonde, a joint operation of Police, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) arrested a number of former IGP’s associates including; former Director of the Police’s Criminal Intelligence Directorate Col Nduhura Atwooki recalled back UPDF three months ago, Herbert Muhangi the Former commandant of the Flying Squad, Richard Ndaboine the head of the Cybercrime Unit and Jaffar Magezi the District Police Commander (DPC) Mbarara.
These arrests, according to sources were as a result of information gathered from other former senior police officers who were arrested last year. The officers are; Senior Commissioner of Police Joel Aguma, Senior Commissioner of Police Nixon Agasirwe as well as other junior officers.
The two officers have been charged in the military court-martial with the kidnap of Rwandan refugees and handing them to Rwanda government.
After months of interrogation, the CMI that was central in the investigations influenced the president to sanction arrest of Kayihura and other senior police officers.
A reliable source privy to the on-going investigations against Kayihura and the officers told this publication that they are all being held on a tentative charge of espionage in relation to crimes committed on behalf of the government of Rwanda.
“This is a serious matter. But I can tell you they are being investigated for different operations they did for the government of Rwanda including repatriation of Rwandan refugees,” the source who preferred anonymity said.
The multi-security agency team investigating the matters is examining the relationship between Kayihura and the Inspector General of the Rwandan Police Emmanuel Gasana that could have been the trigger of different operations that Uganda police officers conducted on behalf of the Rwanda police in Uganda.
Kaweesi Murder Question
There is no connection between Kaweesi murder and Kayihura’s arrest, however, the source told this publication, the multi-security investigating team is further questioning the arrested officers including Kayihura on how the investigations of Kaweesi murder was handled and what could have been the role of each officer in the matter.
“We are still trying to establish if there a connection but we have information that the people in our custody may know a lot about why and who killed Kaweesi,” a source who is part of the investigating team but could not speak on the record said.
Investigations into Kayihura and his allies began in August 2017 when two of his blue-eyed boys’ Nixon Agasirwe and Joel Aguma were arrested and charged in the General Court Martial for illegal repatriation of a Rwandese Refugee Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Since then, CMI and ISO have continued probing the issue of illegal repatriation, the role of Police and the relationship between different police officers and the government of Rwanda.