The army will grant permission to former police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, who is currently restricted from moving outside Kampala and Wakiso district, to attend his mother's burial.
Catherine Tibemanya Mukarwamo, 92, died in the wee hours of Thursday morning in Mukuubo parish, Fort Portal city. General Court Martial registrar, Maj John Bizimana said, however, they were yet to receive any request from Kayihura or his legal team.
“The ruling was very clear. Not outside Kampala or Wakiso without permission from the authority. The permission can be sought and he will be allowed to go. He can approach the CDF or chairman General Court Martial,” Bizimana said.
Kayihura is restricted from travelling beyond Wakiso due to the on-going trial in the army court in which he is battling three counts including aiding and abetting the kidnapping by the commission, repatriating Rwandan exile and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda.
As part of his bail conditions, Kayihura must always seek permission from the chairman General Court Martial, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, chief of defence forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi or commander in chief President Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The deceased’s burial date was not yet known as some reports indicate she would be buried in Fort Portal while others indicate she will be transported to Nyakabande in Kisoro district. The four-star general could not be reached on phone.
Before he appeared in the army court in August 2018, Kayihura had been confined in Makindye military barracks for over 75 days. Kayihura was also accused of failing to protect war material when he gave guns to an authorized civilian group Boda-Boda 2010 under the leadership of now jailed Abdallah Kitatta.