In what has become a public secret as a fight between the army and police,the Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura has issued a stern warning to police officers against divulging the force’s secrets to other sister security agencies.
The fight between the police and other security agencies became public last year when they clashed at the home of Mbabazi Muhoza, a lady believed to be a girlfriend to the slain police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in Lungujja, Rubaga division in Kampala district.
It would later be alleged that it is a battle between the Gen.Kayihura and Lt.Gen.Henry Tumukunde,the security minister.
In a message to all heads of units,departments and directors dated February 21,2018, Gen Kayihura expressed concern that of recent many police officers have been involved in giving information to various sister security agencies without authorisation.
“It has been established that police officers conspire on their own or are summoned by sister security agencies and divulge information without official authorization,”Kayihura says in his message.
According to the police chief,such acts not only undermine the authority of the force but also contravene the disciplinary code of conduct and the oath of secrecy that officers swear to abide with.
“All directors,heads of department and unit commanders should ensure strict compliance to this circular instruction. Disciplinary action shall be taken against all of those involved in such acts,”Kayihura warns.
The said rift between the two security agencies continued in November following the re-arrest of two suspects alleged to have participated in the murder of AIGP Kaweesi after being released on bail by Nakawa grade one magistrate, Noah Ssajjabi.
Police denied involvement in the re-arrest but the army spokesperson would later clarify that they two had been apprehended in a joint operation involving various security agencies.
However, the then police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye would later tell journalists that the two had been detained at their (police) facility in Nalufenya.
In January, the Chieftaincy of Military Investigations (CMI), the investigative arm of the army together with JATT would be involved in the arrest of the people suspected in the murder of Case Hospital accountant Francis Ekalungar, a role primarily meant for the police.
President Museveni last week warned security agencies against involvement in the ongoing bickering which he said affects the country.