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How Gen Kayihura reacted to his firing

Moments after President Museveni announced Gen Kale Kayihura’s sacking, the former inspector general of police handed back the force’s property.

This included the fleet of five cars; three Toyota V8 Land Cruisers, one of them armoured, plus two trucks for his security detail. Within hours, all had been driven to police headquarters in Naguru. While Kayihura remains officially in charge until the official hand-over to his former deputy, John Martins Okoth Ochola, he has stayed away from office.

Gen Kale Kayihura

“Since the message came, he hasn’t stepped in office. He has, however, returned all the equipment he was using at home,” a senior police officer told The Observer on March 8.

A handful of police guards had formed his security detail while the rest were soldiers. The policemen have returned to Naguru for redeployment. Their soldier colleagues reportedly handed back police uniforms in their possession.

“In police, he has been on secondment and since the appointing authority recalled the secondment, he has to hand over all the police guards, guns, communication equipment, uniforms and the residential house which the police has been renting for him as IGP,” a knowledgeable source said.

The Muyenga house is said to have been rented by police for Kayihura after he declined to take up the official residence of the IGP on Mabua road, Kololo.

The Kololo residence was last used by John Kisembo (IGP 1998 to 2001). Gen Katumba Wamala, who replaced Kisembo, chose to remain in his home and only drew a house allowance. The official residence was turned into offices for the Uganda chapter of Interpol.


Kayihura is expected to report back to army headquarters in Mbuya for redeployment. With two years to his retirement, he is still entitled to the salary and allowances of an army general, an official car, escort car and guards.

“Once he is finished with the handover, the army will take care of him,” UPDF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire said on March 12.

Since his sacking on March 4, he now uses a privately registered car. Kayihura has been seen playing tennis at Kampala Club and at his farm in Kashagama, Lyantonde district.
And he is said to be ‘prepared for anything’.

The unfolding events have triggered a mini panic amongst Kayihura friends. Some fear that President Museveni could order his court martialling. But Karemire has discounted this possibility.

“Who says he is going to be court-martialled and over what charges? As far as I know, there is no case that has been levelled against Gen Kale,” Karemire told The Observer.

While presiding at the International Women’s day celebrations in Mityana last week, Museveni said the police was infested by bean weevils, which made difficult it to defeat criminality.

The weevil talk came hardly a month after Museveni told journalists at his demonstration farm in Kawumu, Luweero district about his frustrations with the police. This was after journalists asked him about the evident tensions between security agencies, particularly the police and Internal Security Organisation.  

Museveni said the clashes were not between security agencies but a disagreement between individuals (Kayihura and Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde).

“Criminals had hijacked our security agencies; you saw some that we arrested and arraigned before the court martial,” Museveni said.

In November last year, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence arrested several police officers; notably, Nixon Agasirwe and Joel Aguma who are said to have been rather close to Kayihura. Museveni said the criminals were working for a foreign country.

“We can’t allow somebody in our security agencies to serve foreign interests,” Museveni said.

Although he did not mention Kayihura’s name, sympathisers fear that Museveni was referring to him. As IGP, Kayihura is known to have been on good terms with his Rwandan counterpart Emmanuel Gasana, which apparently led to the police’s arbitrary arrest and forced repatriation of Rwandan refugees in Uganda.

Some of those snatched and dragged back home had either been granted, or were seeking political asylum, while under the protection of UNHCR – hence the uproar over their irregular extradition.

At least 45 Rwandans are on remand in Mbarara over alleged terrorism.



0 #1 Lakwena 2018-03-14 12:53
In other words, Gen Kayihura can now have a sound sleep. Thanks for being dropped.
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0 #2 Remase 2018-03-14 13:21
"How Gen Kayihura reacted to his firing." Fellow Ugandans, it doesn't matter how Kayihura reacts or feels.

The issue is, how have we, Ugandans, reacted and/or do we feel about M7's life presidency?

Like I have said before, we are wasting out time on paying attention to the symptoms of M7's life presidency! What we need to do is to make certain that M7 must go.

When and how should be our focus. M7 is the problem of Uganda. Not Kayihura, Mbabazi, Sejusa, Tumukunde or any other person. We also know who are keeping M7 in power? Let's expose them and further shun then.

Why? Because they are aiding and abating M7's life presidency. We need to make certain that Menggo/Katikiro Mayiga/Kabaka Mutebi cease their support to M7 with immediate effect.

We wont and/or cant get rid of M7 while they are still hooked on him. It is next to impossible. That is the reality. The moment the pull the rug under M7, that will be the end of M7. Until then, we are stuck with our beloved life president, M7!!!
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+2 #3 Concerned Ugandan 2018-03-14 13:33
He declined an institutional house to rent one in Muyenga?!

While his subordinates grassed in uniports and mud huts?? How much of taxpayers' money did police spend to accommodate him for all these years in Muyenga while crying that police has no money to build for junior officers??

What kind of logic was applied to this situation?? Then 3 Landcruiser V8s?? Does he have three behinds to sit in all of them at the same time?

This is exactly why I can never buy the nonsense that government has no money!! Government has LOTS of money!! It is just that it is being wasted on economic gluttons like KK!!
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0 #4 WADADA rogers 2018-03-14 13:41
Wow, I guess Kayihura biggest undoing shall be missing the police chopper and having to stay in Jam for hours, his enemies should wait for him during traffic jam and give him a beating.

Imagine he is due to report back to army headquarters in Mbuya for redeployment. I wish they can make him the head of the an assistant head of ISO or deputy head of military police.
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-2 #5 IRANKUNDA INNOCENT 2018-03-14 15:18
Yes. Thanks goes to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni
Congratulations upon what you have done by sacking our beloved General........

Bafumbira used to support you 100 percent but now am telling you and Ugandans at large that bafumbira no longervin the arms of M7. We are independent
Come 2023........

A slap very hot in the basin
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-2 #6 IRANKUNDA INNOCENT 2018-03-14 15:21
May be tear gas will reduce in Uganda . Let us watch step by step.
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0 #7 rubangakene 2018-03-14 21:57
Lakwena, how can the guy sleep soundly?

The "emperor has no clothes...", in other word he is now virtually a "rag-and-bone" man, similar to those "chupa, deebe na viatu mzee " men that roam the housing estates of Nairobi.
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