Former Information and National Guidance Minister, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi is being considered as a replacement to the troubled Inspector General of Police.
According to highly placed sources with the presidency, Gen. Muhwezi is considered for his vast training in both intelligence and police.
“It is true his name is being discussed but I really don’t know whether he has been already considered for IGP job or it is still pending” said a source who preferred anonymity.
The source further said that given that Kayihura is currently under storm from both National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters and opposition and with the condemnation from the Chief Justice, to ministers, it is likely going to be hard for Gen. Kayihura to operate given that he has failed to respect court summons.
EagleOnline has reliably learnt that this Saturday August 13, evening, President Yoweri Museveni is also meeting some of his ministers and security chiefs to discuss the current saga surrounding the IGP and criminal case brought about him and his juniors over the alleged beating of Kizza Besigye supporters and by-standers.
Gen. Kale Kayihra and his co-accused failed to turn-up at Makindye Magistrate court to answer charges brought against them. However, police maintains that Gen. Kayihura wasn’t served the summons and therefore, wouldn’t appear before court without summons being served to him.
Nevertheless, as the Ping-Pong between lawyers that represented the petitioners and police, Makindye court was on Wednesday August 10, besieged when the alleged supporters of the IGP demonstrated that he shouldn’t have been summoned because of the alleged criminal case was nonexistent. The supporters furthers say the IGP and other junior commanders were keeping law and order.
Given his background as a detective, while in the bush Mr Muhwezi was assigned spying roles, a trait that followed him even after the war ended in 1986 when he was named the first Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (DGIS), where he served for 10 years. With an impressive career that began with graduation as a lawyer from Makerere University, Gen. Muhwezi joined the Uganda Police Force as a Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police (D/ASP), stationed at Mbale Police Station.
Gen. Muhwezi, recently questioned his omission on the cabinet list asking why he was dropped and yet he worked hard for Museveni to defeat both Besigye and Amama Mbabazi in their backyard.
“For the people of Rujumbura, yes they feel they were left out and they are asking questions and they definitely know who put a fight against the opposition given that both Dr. Kizza Besigye and Mr Amama Mbabazi come from the area” Muhwezi said.