Court Martial okays Gen. Kayihura to travel abroad for treatment

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The Army General Court Martial has cleared the former Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura to travel abroad for treatment. The former Police boss, who was scheduled to appear Tuesday morning for the mention of his case didn’t turn up.

A reliable source at the Makindye based military court told this publication that Kayihura asked for permission from the Chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti on Monday to travel to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment, which was granted.

There was no mention of Kayihura’s matter during today sitting although one of his lawyers, Ellison Karuhanga was representing another suspect in court.

Karuhanga later confirmed that the mention of Kayihura’s case was postponed October 1st 2018. He however, declined to comment on his client’s health matter and why he needed to travel to Nairobi for treatment.

While releasing Kayihura, who is being tried for two counts of failing to protect war materials, and aiding or abetting the kidnap and repatriation of three Rwandan Refugees, the court martial confined his movements to Kampala and Wakiso Districts.

He was also ordered to report to Court once a month as part of the bail condition. However, his lawyer, Jet Tumwebaze had initially told court that they had filed an application requesting permission for their client to travel abroad from medical treatment.

Kayihura was picked up from his farm in Kashagama in Ntungamo District on June 13th 2018. He was detained at Makindye Military Barracks for 76 days before being charged in the court Martial.

Prosecution alleges that between 2010 and 2018, on various occasions, Kayihura issued guns to unauthorized persons specifically members of Boda boda 2010. Prosecution also alleges that being the IGP, Kayihura failed to supervise and hold to account members of the specialized units like Flying Squad, Crime Intelligence and Special Operations Unit.