Kayihura’s trial unlawful – lawyer

Since his arrest on June 13, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura had to wait till August 21 to get wind of the charges he was to face trail.

According to his lawyer Peter Kabatsi of Kampala Associated Advocates, Kayihura had never recorded a statement since he was placed under the UPDF confinement at Makindye more than 10 weeks ago.

“It is on Tuesday that he recorded a statement, we (the lawyers) were also present. It was sort of a question and answer session,” Kabatsi told journalists.

Based on the interrogation, Kabatsi as well as his client did not expect to find the charge sheet they found before the military court three days later, on Friday August 24, the former police chief was formally charged before the General Courf Martial.

Kayihura’s lawyer Peter Kabatsi

Two counts of failure to protect war materials were read to him plus another offense of aiding or abetting the kidnap and illegal repatriation of Rwandan exiles from Uganda.

Before the General Court Martial, Kayihura in his full military pips, described the charges against him as “ridiculous.”

“The things they asked him about (on Tuesday when he recorded a statement) had nothing to do with what has come out,” Kabatsi said.

Kabatsi, the former Solicitor General was tight lipped on the kind of questions that Kayihura answered before the army interrogators.

The former chief law enforcer will remain remanded at Makindye till October 4 as his legal makes an attempt to have him released on bail.

The bail application will be heard on Tuesday August 28.