UGANDA: The truth behind president Museveni dropping all charges against Gen. Kale Kayihura

President Museveni has ordered the military court martial with immediate effect to drop all charges against former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura. Sources close to former police boss say that he is now relaxed about the situation and has been meeting his friends, even hinting on the possibility of holding a celebration party once the official decision to drop charges against him is announced by the military court.

The Kayihura’s arrest was framed by former Security Minister, Gen. Tumukunde in collaboration with Gen. Saleh in order to implicate Rwanda in their internal wrangles of power and corruption within their public institutions. The sources reveal that Tumukunde was on mission to destroy Gen. Kayihura who was considered to be royal officer to President Museveni where Gen. Kayihura was also trusted lieutenant with handling special operations by the President.

Sources say that Gen. Kayihura was handling all operations which were supposed to be handled by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) which led Gen. Tumukunde and Gen. Salim Saleh to plot charges against Gen. Kayihura to President Museveni. However, Gen. Tumukunde and the team managed to manipulate Museveni where towards the end of Gen Kayihura’s reign as police chief, the President took to publicly castigating him over the spiraling crime in the country and urging him to deal with what the President called criminals in the police force. The President also at some point after the firing of Gen Kayihura, President Museveni said the police under the General had been infested with weevils.

While incarcerating former Ugandan Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, ISO assembled fabricated evidences to incriminate Gen Kayihura which later led to Kayihura’s arrest. Gen. Kayihura was picked from his Lyatonde Farm and taken to Makindye Military Barracks where he was held for more than two months until he was charged in the General Court Martial on 24 August 2018 under the following counts:

(i) Failure to protect war materials when on various occasions between 2010 and 2018 he allowed use of arms and ammunitions by unauthorized persons including members of the Boda Boda 2010 headed by jailed Abdullah Kitata.

(ii) Failure to supervise and ensure accountability for the arms and ammunitions issued to specialized units under the office of the IGP; the Flying Squad, the Specialized Operations Unit, the Witness Protection Unit and the Crime Intelligence Directorate of Uganda Police Force.

(iii) Aiding and abetting kidnapping from Uganda aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriated Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda including former Rwandan presidential guard Lt Joel Mutabazi, Jackson Kareremera alias Ndiga and Sgt Innocent Kalisa.

However, when Gen. Kayihura appeared before the military court martial he was pleaded not guilty to the above charges. Since then, President Museveni has crumbled charges to pieces, shifting the spotlight to ISO and in the process softening stance towards Gen Kayihura. It is from this softness that President Museveni has ordered to drop all charges against the former boss of police, Gen. Kayihura.

Another source revealed that President Museveni is under pressure from opposition and international community due to illegalities in detaining former police officers including Gen. Kayihura and promotions of senior army officers without considering regional representation as dictated by Uganda constitution. It is these promotions that the President and Commander in Chief of the army Museveni has promoted his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to the rank of Lieutenant General, the second highest rank in the army.The elevation is part of the 2,031 confirmed UPDF personnel promotions to various ranks. Museveni’s eldest son, has risen rapidly within the army and has been at the rank of Major General. In 2017, his father appointed him his Special Presidential Advisor.

Reliable sources indicate that promotions are in line with Muhoozi project of a potential successor to his father in 2026 presidential elections given his rapid rise through the army ranks since joining UPDF 20 years ago. It has been clear that Mohoozi project is on the good track due to the recent promotions of two senior officers who become full Generals, 10 moved to Lt. Gen including Muhoozi, 16 to Maj. Gen, and 35 to Brig.

UPDF has also confirmed that for less than eight years all Bush War Generals, who were with M7 since 1980 will be retired as an indicator of eliminating all obstacles to his son so that during his succession he can maintain the army.

The Great Lakes Eye was confided with the retirement plan of top Ugandan Army Generals in UPDF as follows:

  • 2018 – Maj. Gen. Joram Mugume, Maj. Gen. Pecos Kutesa, Maj. Gen. Sam Turyagyenda, Maj. Gen. Joshua Masaba.
  • 2019 – Gen. Elly Tumwine, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, Brig. Waswa Balikalege.
  • 2020 – Gen. Kale Kayihura, Lt. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire, Maj. Gen. Silver Kayemba, Brig. Joram Kakari.
  • 2021 – Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, Maj. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso, Brig. Steven Kashaka, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, Brig. Sam Kavuma.
  • 2023 – Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadi, Maj. Gen. James Mugira, Maj. Gen. Fred Luciana, Brig. Lucky Kidega; and
  • 2024 – Maj. Gen. Peter Elwelu, Maj. Gen. Charles Lutaya.

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