General Kale Kayihura, former inspector general of police (IGP) has been arrested in an operation by Special Forces Command (SFC) that started on Tuesday morning.
The operation to arrest Kayihura started in Lyantonde at Country yard international hotel where Kayihura is said to be a regular client.
After being arrested in Lyantonde, Kayihura was then transferred to officer’s mess in Kololo where he’s currently detained. Kayihura was sacked as IGP by President Museveni in March this year. He was sacked alongside then Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.
According to a source, President Museveni is said to have sanctioned Kayihura’s arrest after several intelligence reports suggested that the former police chief was behind the rampant kidnaps and killings across the country.
The once powerful top cop could face murder charges in Ugandan courts. Since last week, security forces have been planning the operation to arrest the former police chief and at the same time on how to dismantle the crime preventers force which is said to be an extension of the mafia network he had created in the police force.
According to a source close to the Presidency, by the time of his sacking, Kayihura had created a network of mafias within the police.
The arrest and eventual confession of a one Abel Kitagenda, a former Flying Squad operative over the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi offered credence to the intelligence information that linked the former IGP to the murders, the State House source said.
Kitagenda was recently arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) upon return from Canada where he’d reportedly fled to following the murder of Kaweesi last year.
Investigators established that at the time of the shooting, Kaweesi’s car was clearly put to a stop and the handbrake engaged, meaning at the time of the shooting, the car had come to a complete stop otherwise, naturally, the car would have veered off the road.
According to sources close to the Kaweesi murder investigations, the unsuspecting Kaweesi must have been waved down by someone he knew – hence asking his driver to stop. It is at this point that the shooting began may have taken place. Kitagenda reportedly tried to secure a new passport under different names, raising suspicions from the security agencies.
When it was finally decided to get Kayihura arrested, SFC operatives first gathered information on Kayihura’s possible location before setting off for Lyantonde. Sources both in State House and Lyantonde said that the plain clothed SFC soldiers acted discreetly to avoid public attention.
At Sky blue hotel and Courtyard hotel in Lyantonde, the soldiers introduced themselves to the hotel staff but didn’t go into details of their mission.
While sources in Lyantonde say Kayihura was not at any of the hotels, a State House source said that the former IGP who once served as a military assistant to the president was picked from one of the hotels and driven to Kampala.
Kayihura predicted his sacking and arrest as early as last year. Addressing the 23rd annual general meeting of local governments in September 2017 at St Peter’s Technical Institute Mubende , Kayihura said “The president was criticising us that we have failed to stamp out crime…If we are to prevent crime, we must address the root causes of crime in society,” Kayihura said.
These songs of police this, police that…Kayihura alemeddwa [has failed]…Okay, Kayihura can be sent to Luzira [prison] but I tell you, if you don’t address the problems in society, even if you put I don’t know who, whoever you put there [as IGP], the problems of crime will not be solved,” he said then.