For Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, has said he is neither a “traitor” nor a “treacherous person” and that he would always serve as a loyal soldier of the UPDF.
Gen. Kayihura, who was dropped from the helm of the police command in 2018 before being arrested and charged before the military court, made his first public appearance this past Saturday in Kisoro district.
“I have never betrayed my country. Never. I am a loyal cadre and committed soldier of the Ugandan armed forces.”
Kayihura was addressing mourners at the burial of his close relative – the late Ancila Bucyana Ruhimbi in the South Western district of Uganda.
Kayihura’s sacking left a bitter taste in the mouth of the people of Kisoro.
President Museveni has to commit to free Kayihura before the people of Kisoro could vote for him in the 2021 general elections.
Kayihura, who had served as Museveni’s military assistant, was accused of illegally facilitating the repatriation of Rwandan refugees and working with the Rwandan President Paul Kagame to topple the Kampala government.
It was alleged that Kayihura was building a political base through Boda Boda riders and crime preventers to challenge Museveni’s hold on power.
Activists accused him of overseeing human rights violations and failing to apprehend the killers of prosecutor Joan Kagezi and AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.
Kayihura later said in a statement that discredited narrative was being “perpetrated by intriguers in Uganda since I left the Uganda Police Force.”
He added: “Their objective was to falsely criminalize me and accuse me of all sorts of crimes in order to malign me and destroy my public persona.