President Yoweri Museveni has opened up on the arrest and subsequent detention of General Kale Kayihura, the former Inspector General of Police.
The army airlifted Kayihura from his country home in Kasagama in Lyantonde district about two weeks ago and locked him up at Makindye Military barracks.
There has been speculation about the reasons for his arrest together with several senior police officers with some attributing it to their involvement in the murder of the former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, organised crime, espionage and illegal extradition of Rwandan refugees.
On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni reportedly told members of parliament in a closed security meeting in the conference hall at the Office of the Prime Minister that the former IGP overstepped his mandate and undermined police structures.
Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi county MP who attended the meeting quotes Museveni, saying that Kayihura made a mistake of working and becoming like the population.
Another MP told this publication on condition of anonymity that Museveni expressed disappointment with Kayihura for drafting private individuals in police work, which weakened the force. “The way it looks, if you were not told that Kayihura is not under arrest, you would not know, because the President thinks he only overstepped his mandate, and his major issue is how Kayihura ended up undermining the institution and working with individuals in the community,” the MP said.
According to the source, Museveni called in the new Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola and the Director Criminal Investigations Directorate, Grace Akullo to assure the MPs on security and explain what has happened so far. Ochola reportedly explained to the MPs where the problem has been and how they are dealing with it. The meeting which started on Wednesday mid-morning ended at 7:30pm in the evening.