Former Inspector General of Police has pleaded not guilty to charges against him after being charged at Makindye Military Court Martial on Friday afternoon. Kayihura was charged with four offenses by General Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti. He was subsequently remanded until September 4 when he will appear before the same court for mention of his case. He will however appear before the court on Tuesday 28 August for hearing of his bail applications.
Here are the charges against the former police chief Kale Kayihura;
He was charged with issuance of firearms to unauthorized persons Between 2010 and 2018 allowing groups and individuals including Boda Boda 2010 led by Abdallah Kitata to be issued with government firearms.
Kayihura was also charged of failure to protect war materials during his time as an Inspector General of Police.
The third charge against Kayihura was aiding or abetting kidnapping by commission, repatriating Rwandan exiles and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda between 2012 and 2016. Prosecution alleged that between 2012 and 2016 during his reign as as IGP, Kayihura unlawfully deported three Rwanda nationals back to Rwanda. It should be noted that Kale Kayihura was in May this year accused by Rwanda refugees for working with Paul Kagame of Rwanda in carrying forceful deportation of the Rwanda nationals who were living in Uganda. The group led by Rugema Kayumba further threatened to drag Kayihura and president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni if no action is taken against the four star general. Barely a month after their threats Kayihura was arrested and was on Friday charged by the General Court Martial of the same offense.
He was also charged with failing to supervise military war materials during his time as IGP.
Gen. Kale is remanded back to Makidye Military barracks. Kayihura was arrested in June 13 from his country home in Lyantonde and was airlifted to Kampala where he was detained since then.
Sympathizers of Gen. Kale Kayihura gathered outside the General Court Martial Makidye where the former IGP was charged today. Kayihura was at the helm of Uganda police for 13 years making him the longest serving IGP in Uganda history.