National Resistance Movement party chairman General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has explained to the party leaders why he fired former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.
The president made the revelation while meeting the party Central Executive Committee at State House Entebbe on November 10, 2018, eight months after the sacking and subsequent charging of Gen Kayihura.
Sources who attended the closed door meeting said that the president informed the CEC that Kayihura made grave blunders while executing his duties which could have weakened efforts to combat insecurity in Uganda.
Museveni said one of the major blunders made by Kayihura was changing of communication in Police from two-way radio to cell (mobile) phones.
“Police had largely migrated from the traditional radio to mobile phones,” Museveni reportedly said.
Radios provide two-way instant communication with all connected users.
“Radios quickly help in emergencies since everyone gets the information and acts in time,” Museveni informed the attentive CEC.
In regard to security, radios also allow encryption to conceal data to prevent unauthorized access and are usually difficult to tap unlike cell phones.
NRM Secretariat Communication’s Officer, Rogers Mulindwa confirmed the meeting but said he didn’t attend.
“Yes, there was a meeting on Saturday but I didn’t attend it since it was my Sabbath day,” said Mr Mulindwa.
The last CEC meeting took place in January 2018.