Gen Kayihura Overstepped Boundaries–Museveni Top story

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On Wednesday, President, Yoweri Museveni reportedly told members of parliament in a closed security meeting at in conference hall in the Office of the Prime Minister that the former IGP overstepped his mandate and undermined police structures.

President, Yoweri Museveni has opened up on the arrest and subsequent detention of General Kale Kayihura, the former Inspector General of Police. 

The army airlifted Kayihura from his country home in Kasagama in Lyantonde district about two weeks ago and locked him up at Makindye Military barracks.
 
 
There has been speculation about the reasons for his arrest together with several senior police officers with some attributing it to their involvement in the murder of the former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, organised crime, espionage and illegal extradition of Rwandan refugees.
 

On Wednesday, President, Yoweri Museveni reportedly told members of parliament in a closed security meeting in the conference hall at the Office of the Prime Minister that the former IGP overstepped his mandate and undermined police structures.

 
Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi county MP who attended the meeting quotes Museveni, saying that Kayihura made a mistake of working and becoming like the population.



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Another MP told URN on anonymity that Museveni expressed disappointment with Kayihura for drafting private individuals in police work, which weakened the force. "The way it looks, if you were not told that Kayihura is not under arrest, you would not know, because the President thinks he only overstepped his mandate, and his major issue is how Kayihura ended up undermining the institution and working with individuals in the community," the MP said.
 
 
According to the source, Museveni called in the new Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola and the Director Criminal Investigations Directorate, Grace Akullo to assure the MPs on security and explain what has happened so far. Ochola reportedly explained to the MPs were the problem has been and how they are dealing with it. The meeting which started on Wednesday midmorning ended at 7:30 pm in the evening.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.