The Appointments Committee of Parliament has approved the extension of Gen Kale Kayihura’s contract to serve another three-year term as the Inspector General of Police.
The appointment committee which is chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga interviewed Kayihura and voted in favour of renewing his contract, a source that attended a closed door exercise said.
Other members of the committee include; Deputy Speaker, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Winfred Kiiza among others.
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.
“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.”
Although some members of Opposition tried to block Gen Kayihura’s appointment, they could not match the majority National Resistance Movement members who came ready vote. took.
President Museveni recently renewed Gen Kayihura’s contract a move that stopped a wave of speculation that he was likely to drop him after widespread crime across the country.
The Committee is now required to write to the President informing him about their decision.
Gen Kayihura has been police chief since 2005 after taking over from Gen. Katumba Wamala which makes him Uganda’s longest serving police chief.