Controversy as IGP Kayihura Privately Meets MPs

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Police Chief Kale Kayihura is meeting a group of legislators led by defence committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba. But Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs Muwanga Kivumbi says the meeting which is taking place at Lake Victoria Serena, Kigo is a very unusual arrangement.

A section of legislators on the defence and internal affairs committee today came under criticism from their colleagues over a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura.

Kayihura is meeting a group of legislators led by defence committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba. But Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs Muwanga Kivumbi says the meeting which is taking place at Lake Victoria Serena, Kigo is "a very unusual arrangement."

Kivumbi argues that Kayihura erred in inviting legislators for a meeting outside the precincts of parliament after failing to honor several invitations to appear before the same committee.

The committee had earlier summoned Kayihura to respond to several policing anomalies and operational controversies including among others, the siege at former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye's home.

"There is no way parliamentary committees will exercise oversight role and function with a commendable level of credibility if they behave like that. The IGP is clearly undermining the integrity of parliament and the leadership of the committee needs to style up", Muwanga said.

He added that the IGP is using his proximity to committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba to mislead the committee. Nabakooba has previously served in various capacities in the Uganda Police Force prior to becoming a Member of Parliament.

The opposition MP who turned down the invitation notes that the meeting is undermining the institution of parliament.
 
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MP Muwanga Kivumbi said that parliamentary committees are well facilitated and that the defence committee cannot exercise its oversight role in a credible manner if they are facilitated by the very institution they are supposed to hold accountable.
 
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A section of other opposition MPs sitting on the committee have also condemned their colleagues who agreed to meet police officials outside parliament.

Obongi County MP Hassan Kaps Fungaroo told URN that the leadership of the committee has questions to answer for the move taken to meet police officials outside parliament.

"Parliament business is done in parliament and if it is in a hotel it should be parliament arranging not someone else, so that is something to be investigated, there must be something wrong", Fungaroo said.

Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana said that he had boycotted the meeting citing a previous committee decision not to meet police officials again without IGP Kayihura appearing before the committee at parliament.
 
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However, Rubaga South MP Kato Lubwama, one of the MPs attending the meeting with police attacked Kivumbi for being selfish and having personal issues with Kayihura.

He said that the committee had a similar meeting with the defence ministry recently questioning why MP Muwanga Kivumbi did not raise the red flag then. He said that their meeting with police had hidden agenda.
 
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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.