Gen Kayihura charged before military court, remanded

Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Edward Kale Kayihura has finally been charged before the General Court Martial in Makindye, 72 days after he was arrested.

Kayihura is facing two counts of failure to protect war materials when he allowed issuance of weapons to Boda Boda 2010’s Abdallah Kitatta, and, failure to supervise and account for weapons issued to various specialised units he created under his office as IGP.

Kayihura is also charged of aiding or abetting the kidnapping and illegal repatriation of Rwandan exiles from Uganda.

The 63 year-old, registered in the army as RO 00513 denied all the charges against him.

His lawyer, former Solicitor General Peter Kabatsi asked court to grant Kayihura bail since he has been in confinement for more than the mandatory 48 hours.

Kayihura’s lawyer Peter Kabatsi

But the General Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Guti declined to take the bail application and instead advised the defence lawyers to formally write to the court.

Kayihura seated in the dock at the court martial.

Guti adjourned the hearing of the bail application to Tuesday August 28 while the case will come up for mention again on October 4.