The IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura has appeared before the Land Commission to respond to allegations of Police involvement in illegal evictions on Plot 60-62 Aldina Road in Jinja District.
Kayihura’s appearance follows summons issued to him yesterday by the commission’s chair Justice Catherine Bamugemereire after a group of traders from Aldina Twegaise in Jinja complained that police gave clearance to an illegal eviction that saw their shops on plot 60-62 along Aldina Visram road in Jinja town demolished.
The land in question pits Movit MD Simpson Birungi, 10 small scale traders under the name Aldina Twegaise, the then Kiira Region RPC Edgar Nyabong and former Jinja DPC Apollo Kateeba, who oversaw the illegal evictions.
The traders accused the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi of unlawfully clearing the said eviction and demolition of their shops at night without a court order.
However Kayihura who led a delegation of over ten police officers from the police Headquarters at Naguru denied knowledge of the said matter before the commission and only learnt of this in March 2015 from the office of the speaker of Parliament.
Kayihura explained that at the time of the said evictions, he was busy hunting for the murderers of Muslims sheikhs across the country and that it must have been his deputy Ochora Okoth who could have handled the matter.
The IGP has however regretted the circumstances under which the late Kaweesi whom he said was not a lawyer by training could have gone ahead to sanction an eviction at 3 am without clearance by court and said that the officers implicated in the case should take individual responsibility and defend themselves against the charges.