By the look of things, all is not well for former Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura.
On Wednesday, the army confirmed Kayihura’s arrest before being flown to Kampala and facing the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen.David Muhoozi who had summoned him.
“General Kale Kayihura is still a serving officer of the UPDF and has been staying in Kashagama- Lyantonde District since 15 March 2018 after handing over office of Inspector General of Police,”said in part the statement by the army spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire.
“Yesterday 12th June 2018, he was asked to report to the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi at the General Headquarters- Mbuya. A helicopter was subsequently dispatched to transport him from there but on arrival, Gen Kale had traveled to Mbarara and so it had to return to Entebbe Airforce Base.”
According to the army, the same chopper was later sent back to Kashagama and picked Kayihura to Kampala.
Detained at Makindye
The Nile Post has separately learnt that the former police chief was later driven and detained at the Makindye military prison.
According to security sources who did not want to be named because they are not allowed to speak, Kayihura is detained together with the former Flying Squad commander, Herbert Muhangi, Cyber Crimes Unit head, Richard Ndaboine and another police officer at the rank of Inspector.
It is said that the swoop to arrest more police officers is still ongoing and according to the source, most of those to be arrested are at the rank of commissioners of police.
Ordinarily, senior army officers like Kayihura are detained at the Kololo officers’ mess but the detention at Makindye military police could be pointing to a bigger case against the former police boss.
Military takes over home
Meanwhile, this investigative website has learnt that the army has taken over the home of the embattled former police chief.
When we visited the home in Muyenga, there were officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) deployed.
According to another source, CMI had earlier raided the home and combed it probably to get any form of evidence to be used in court against Kayihura.
When officers from CMI arrived at the home, they searched it but the police guards who had been deployed were not displaced and by the time this website went to the home, we spotted over five of them together with CMI officers.
Army spokesperson, Brig.Richard Karemire confirmed deployment at Kayihura’s home.
“The residence and family of a General officer must always be secured,”Karemire told the Nile Post
We are yet to find out the charges to be preferred against Gen.Kayihura and some of his close associates in the police force who were also arrested.
Kayihura’s problems started last year in October when President Museveni ordered for the arrest for the arrest of senior police officers.
Consequently, the army arrested Nixon Agasiirwe, the former commander of the police Special Operations Unit, Joel Aguma, the then Professional Standards Unit commander and Sgt Abel Tumukunde among other police officers.
These, together with others were accused of kidnapping and repatriating Lt.Joel Mutabazi , a former bodyguard to president Paul Kagame back to Rwanda in 2013.
These were believed to be point men for Kayihura and their arrest pointed to something bad brewing for him.
Speaking to Nile Post in November, Kayihura distanced himself from the senior police officers who had been arrested, saying they are not his close confidants.
“There is no body close to me in a special way. I am the inspector General of Police of all police officers. I don’t know where this idea that I have got a special clique came from. My relationship with any officer is based on work. If you are performing very well you will get my attention. If you are not doing well, my attention towards you will be limited except from a disciplinary point of view,” he said.
Speaking to mourners at the homes of slain police spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, President Museveni warned Kayihura to clean his house which he said was infiltrated by criminals.
“All these murders, I have followed myself. There are always clues leading to the criminals but the criminals have infiltrated the police. The police have been infiltrated by criminals, especially the CID group,” president Museveni told mourners at Kaweesi’s home in March before asking the police boss to ‘’clean your house’’ of criminals.
The country will now await to know the fate of the former police chief who had been nicknamed afande teargas, especially by the opposition for using teargas to quell their protests in the city.