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Parliament Approves IGP Kayihura Contract

IGP Kayihura at Parliament on Tuesday

Parliament has approved the forth contract of Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura as the Inspector General of Police.

Kayihura appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament chaired by Speaker, nurse Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday.

According to sources who attended the customarily closed door committee (the only committee that media does not cover), Members of Parliament tasked the IGP to explain many dark spots in the force he has been at helm of for the last 12 years.

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“We asked him to tell us in detail why Police is now like a gangster group but not a national force responsible for law and order in the country,” a source who preferred not to be named since he is not allowed to speak to the press, said.

“Even the President noted after the death of Kaweesi (former police spokesman) that police is infiltrated by criminals. We pressed him to tell us more.”

Kayihura reportedly went with a long list of achievements in the police under his leadership mainly physical infrastructure and the force’s capacity according to another source.

“He told us things like building the headquarters in Naguru and permanent structures elsewhere besides procuring arms and special vehicles.”

MPs also pressed Kayihura on the continuous claims of torture at the special operations headquarters in Nalufenya.

The IGP responded to the MPs in the committee that he is going to reform police if given another chance.

The IGP was accused by MPs for acting like a politician when the law explicitly says he should be nonpartisan.  Kayihura was however later approved by the committee.

 

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