Kayihura Supporters Jubilate His Release

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Jackson Kwizera, a resident of Kisoro who traveled for more than eight hours to attend the court proceedings couldnt hide his joy. Kwizera, who was dancing outside the military court, told URN that he wasnt happy with the way his village mate was treated.

There were wide celebrations, jubilations and dancing minutes after at the General Court Martial granted the former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura bail.
 
Kayihura's supporters, mostly Bafumbira from his home district of Kisoro, clapped hands and shouted in excitement when the General Court Martial Chairman, Lt, Gen Andrew Gutti delivered his ruling.
 

Not even various warnings from the Court Martial chairman would stop Kayihura's supporters from singing songs in his praise. 


Charles Ssentongo, a taxi driver in Kampala told URN that he and his colleagues attended court to support Kayihura and his family because of the things he did for them during his reign as the Uganda Police boss.
 

//Cue in: "Bye yatukolera bingo...
 
Cue out: ... Ali bweru,"
 

Jackson Kwizera, a resident of Kisoro who traveled for more than eight hours to attend the court proceedings couldn't hide his joy. Kwizera, who was dancing outside the military court, told URN that he wasn't happy with the way his village mate was treated.


//Cue in: "Era Nsaba Katonda...
Cue out: ... statehouse."

 
The Kisoro District Chairman, Abel Bizimana, complained about the decision to lock up the former IGP for many days without arraigning him in court.

 
//Cue in: " Oh I feel so...
Cue out: ... him bail,"
 

Kayihura's cousin, Rose Tumusiime, said their prayers had been answered, adding that the first thing they will do will be go to church and give praise.


//Cue in: "General needs to ....
Cue out: ... at most."
 

Kayihura and his close family members declined to speak to the media. The general jumped in a Land Cruiser Prado with police registration numbers while his wife and children followed in a different vehicle.


Kayihura's lawyer, Jet Tumwebaze said his client was glad that justice has been served. He however, said they will request court to review the bail term, which restrict Kayihura from leaving Kampala, saying he may need to travel abroad for treatment.

 
//Cue in: "General needs to ....
Cue out: ... at most."//

 

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Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.