The Inspector General of Police, information pills Gen. Kale Kayihura on Tuesday apologized to Members of Parliament over the holding of 12 children by police in connection to the murder of AIGP Felix Kaweesi.
Media reports emerged on Sunday evening that the children of Abu Rashid Mbazira, decease one of the 13 suspects charged and detained for killing Kaweesi were rounded up and picked by police from their home in Nambale, Mukono district.
On Monday the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Emilian Kayima confirmed the development to various media houses and promised that the children were going to be released.
The matter came up on Tuesday when Kayihura was appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament to be vetted for the fourth contract extended by President Yoweri Museveni last week.
According to sources who attended the traditionally closed door session, the Buhweju legislator, Francis Mwijukye carried the copy of Daily Monitor of Tuesday with a screaming headline “Police Admit Holding 12 Kids” to the committee room.
The youthful legislator tasked the IGP to justify the circumstances under which toddlers are supposed to be detained for the offences purportedly committed by their parents.
“A member implored the IGP to explain the reasons why they are holding children for the crimes allegedly committed by their parent who is already in police custody,” a source who attended the session said.
Kayihura reportedly did not even attempt to justify the police’s strange action that he described as unfortunate, but simply asked to be forgiven as his juniors were already working on the release of the said children.
“I sincerely apologize for that unfortunate event. Our officers are already in the process of releasing the children,” Kayihura told the committee that was chaired by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and also in attendance were Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah and Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza.
The committee later approved Kayihura’s contract extension to 2020.