Parliament in May approved President Yoweri Museveni’s reappointment of Gen. Kale Kayihura as Inspector General of Police (IGP).
With 12 years at the helm, Kayihura is now the longest serving IGP in Uganda’s history and equally the most controversial. This is unprecedented. No one has held such a sensitive job while exercising the amount of power Kayihura does for a long period under Museveni. He has achieved this is in spite of (and also because of) having many enemies in the system and criticism from the opposition and media.
To explain Kayihura’s success, we need to understand the historical context. When Museveni captured power, he inherited an established, even though enfeebled, state. All he brought with him was a new army, the National Resistance Army (NRA) now Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and intelligence services i.e. Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and External Security Organisation (ESO).
However when asked, the retiring AIGP Elizabeth Muwanga who been head of Directorate of Welfare Uganda Police has urged that time is up for the inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to retire from the police as soon his current term of office is done.
Ms Muwanga revealed this at her offices in Naguru after being asked why current police force has failed to resolve the ongoing country wide murders.
‘’we still have a lot of challenges in police especially in welfare department due to limited funds but I still believe that we can do better with the current budget if it is utilized very well’ ’she said
She added that Gen Kayihura should retire also because a lot of criminals try to hood wink him with fake intelligence so that they can commit crimes under his watch.
Police boss highlighted on a lot of criminal gangs who are being operated by some of Kayihura friends in disguise of intelligence briefing.
Aigp Muwanga went on to say that the current police force has young, educated and well trained officers who can replace Kayihura and transverse the whole country while wiping out all sorts of criminality due because they are still energetic.
She also hinted that politics, tribalism, nepotism, favoritism, politics and intrigue are the ones hindering the work of current police.
Muwanga has retired from active police service after serving 35 years in police.