Kayihura could be charged of murder, crimes against humanity

At about 5pm on Tuesday evening, plain clothed soldiers from President Yoweri Museveni’s elite force, the Special Forces Command (SFC) arrived at Sky blue hotel and the neighbouring Courtyard hotel on a mission that was meant to be so discreet.

They combed both hotels throwing the hotel staff in panic and soon, word spread that the soldiers were hunting for the former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura.

Kayihura who was sacked in March this year in the wake of growing insecurity and criminality across the country.

Security chiefs in Lyantonde remained tight lipped probably because they had limited information about the operation.

A private security guard at Sky blue hotel told journalists that the soldiers were possibly hunting for former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga’s killers.

Kayihura’s employees at his Kasagama farm in Lyantonde district meanwhile tried to refute the reports, claiming that the decorated former bush war general wasn’t facing any threat of arrest.

According to a statement issued by army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire, Kayihura was summoned on Tuesday by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi who also dispatched a military helicopter to pick the former police chief from his farm at Kasagama in Lyantonde.

By the time the chopper landed at Kasagama, Kayihura had reportedly travelled to Mbarara, Karemire said in the statement.

The chopper was sent back on Wednesday morning and Kayihura was flown to Mbuya Army headquarters.

His arrest follows the arrest of the former commandant of the police flying squad in Kampala north Abel Kitagenda in connection to last year’s murder of former police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

On interrogation, Kitagenda made statements that implicate his former police bosses notably Kayihura and Herbert Muhangi who was the head of the flying squad.

“Kayihura had created a mafia force within the police, its network is so big that it may not be easy to weed them out,” a source said.

“Dismantling the mafia force in the police shall not at the arrest of the top commanders but we’ll have to dismantle the crime preventers because they may be an extension of mafia group in the police,” the source added.

A week after he had sacked Kayihura, President Yoweri Museveni attributed the widespread criminality to the police that he said had been infiltrated by “kawukuumi” (bean weevils) that needed to be weeded out.

According to the source, Kayihura could be charged alongside Kitagenda in connection to the Kaweesi murder but could also be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where a group of Rwandan nationals led by Rugema Kayumba filed a case against him and other police officers.

The suit which was file in March accuses Kayihura jointly with Col James Burabyo (military attaché Rwandan Embassy in Uganda), ACP Baroza Jonathan, CP Baguma Ismail, ASP Fred Tumuhirwe, Faizal Katende, Wilson Atekateka, Julius Kasinguzi, Abel Kitagenda, Abel Twijukye, Alex Katungi, Rutagungira Rene and Mohamood Matovu of crimes against humanity.