The arrest of former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura yesterday has not gone well with the top leadership in the regional country, sources in the security circles say.
Gen. Kayihura was confirmed arrested yesterday for various issues including the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi early last year. Sources say Gen. Kayihura was planning his escape to that country before he was arrested by security operatives.
Sources say Gen. Kayihura enjoyed a good working relationship with the leadership in that neighbouring country, including secretly arresting and deporting dissidents that were wanted there to answer for crimes brought against them.
According to security sources that Eagle Online talked to, Gen. Kayihura is linked to the murder of Kaweesi. Other suspected are still under investigation, having been arrested earlier. However, sources say this is one among a host of charges lined up against General Kayihura.
Kaweesi was the spokesperson of Uganda Police Force from August 2016 to 2017 until when he was killed in Kulambiro a Kampala suburb by assailants. However, his killing was blamed on ruminants of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) by Gen. Kayihura.
A statement released by Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force Spokesperson, Richard Karemire on Wednesday said Gen. Kayihura is still a serving officer of UPDF and has been staying in Kashagama, Lyantonde district since March 15, 2018.
“Yesterday June 12 he was asked to report to the UPDF chief of Defence force Gen. Divide Muhoozi at General headquarters, Mbuya. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to transport him from there but on arrival, Gen had traveled to Mbarara and so it had to return to Entebbe air force base,” he said in a statement.
President Museveni in March fired Kayihura much as he did not give reasons.
Kayihura is self-confessed NRM party cadre and has been the longest serving IGP; having been appointed in 2005. During his reign, the country witnessed unprecedented cases of criminality like murders, kidnaps and armed robberies in the districts of Kampala,Wakiso, Masaka, Gulu, Mukono.