Just after Gen. Salim Saleh leapfrogged Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura in solving the Aine Christopher puzzle, the two senior officers are now on a coalition course, this time over a group of undocumented Kayihura men who masquerade as police officers and go around wreaking havoc and putting the institution’s name into disrepute.
According to close sources to Gen. Saleh, who is now camped in Lubaga division trying to iron out political grievances in Kampala, say the clash started after Aine came out of hiding and appeared besides the President’s brother.
It is said that while Aine was in hiding as he alleges, he tried several times to make contact with Gen. Kayihura but on several attempts he failed to get to him because of the gang of non-police operatives around him.
It is said that on return Aine, who confessed of having tried to surrender to Gen. Kayihura but was failed by a ring of men around him, narrated his ordeal to Gen. Saleh including details of a gang of untrained police masquerades that the police chief has been using to run sensitive police errands.
These always armed and unprofessional men, Aine told Saleh, had mismanaged many missions and turned away some people who would not necessarily be opposed to the government and the president.
Aine is reported to have given Gen. Saleh details on how the Kayihura men operate by alienating trained and seasoned police officers.
What shocked Gen. Saleh, the sources told Eagle Online, was the revelation that some of them had acquired assumed power and would sometimes call and summarily suspend or even sack District Police Commanders (DPCs) or even Regional Police Commanders (RPCs).
A cited example was one of the Elgon zone RPC, James Ruhweza who it is alleged was recalled from Mbale to police headquarters due to bad reports authored by an operative who also doubles as one of the district National Resistance Movement (NRM) party chairman.
It is reported that Ruhweza was opposed to his orders and tried to apprehend him but at the end, this man who enjoys the closeness with IGP, made sure Ruhweza was returned to police headquarters without deployment.
“We knew it was a matter of time because these groups wouldn’t respect hierarchy but their days seem to be arriving soon” said a source on condition of anonymity because he lacks authority to it.
One of such powerful men hails from Luwero and has been the defacto Aide to Gen. Kayihura; he has been powerful and indeed would give directives which even the Deputy IGP wouldn’t.
However, despite the allegations, this gentleman is credited for having dismantled the Mbabazi networks and exposing Mbabazi first before the regime got to know that he haboured presidential ambitions.
He would go to Naguru police headquarter and would not go through the rigorous measures even when Assistant Inspector of Police go through such measures to access the IGP.
What led to all these networks being busted was a phone call Gen. Saleh made to one of the operative inquiring whether the allegation on him and his colleagues were true.
However, the showy young man picked the call and rudely answered back and fired back with another question and this time asking Gen. Saleh why he was bothered with his activities and yet he doesn’t deploy him?
Those familiar with the matter say at this time, Gen. Saleh remained composed but went further to inquire from Gen. Kayihura about the operative and how he rudely answered him.
That prompted Gen. Saleh to travel to Kampala to start putting things right in police, a job he is at it now.
Most of the Kayihura men have since been purged.