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Gen Kayihura eats big as 2021 general Election draws near

KAMPALA– The former Inspector General of Police General Edward Kale Kayihura has finally been given new office after spending over two years on Kateba battling with Court Martial Charges.

Highly placed security sources confided to this Online Publication that President Museveni has appointed Gen Kayihura as Coordinator of security intelligence, a position that was once held by Gen David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza before he fled the Country after alleging that there was a “Muhoozi Project.”

Our source indicated that President Museveni appointed Gen Kale in the recent security meeting that was held at State House Entebbe.

Intelligence sources said President Museveni appointed Gen Kale after he was informed that there is a serious clash between security agencies especially Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) and there is no coordinated security information.

“There is a pending fight between CMI and ISO and there is no shared information which has affected the security system of the Country,” says another high-ranking Military officer. 

Another security source says that CMI and ISO are the only intelligence gathering information agencies in Uganda and they should cooperate and coordinate such that they give the President coordinated security information but since they are now fighting, they cannot give coordinated information to the President.

“All intelligence gathered by CMI and ISO will be channeled to Gen Kale before they reach the President for further guidance,” a source from State House confided to our Reporter. 

The security source said Kayihura has a lot of experience in intelligence gathering and he could easily tell fabricated and real information and therefore, President Museveni tasked Gen Kale to harmonize CMI and ISO to avoid future clashes.

 “You are higher in rank compared to CMI and ISO Chiefs so I expect you to end the fight between CMI and ISO,” a source quoted President Museveni saying in the security meeting.

Security sources added that President Museveni also appointed Gen Kale as member of National Security Council the seat he lost when he was sacked from the position of IGP. 

“Gen Kale will also brief National Security Council on National Security issues every month and will also write a comprehensive security report to the President on monthly basis,” the security source revealed.

It’s also reported that President Museveni ordered Gen Kale Kayihura to gather all political intelligence from all Political parties and several politicians ahead of 2021 general elections and will be briefing the President on monthly basis.

Sources say Kayihura will only be answerable to the President and National Security Council but will also be sharing information with Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, Presidential Advisor on Security Matter Gen Salim Saleh and Security Minister Gen Ely Tumwine.

Sources say President Museveni appointed Kayihura to help him massively win the 2021 elections since Kayihura has wide experience in winning elections. Sources added that Gen Kale during his reign as IGP participated in four Elections where President Museveni won massively.

“Gen Kale Kayihura personally helped President Museveni win 2016 elections. He also helped 75% of NRM Members of Parliament to retain their seats. If it was not Kayihura majority of NRM MPS would have lost to Opposition,” says another security source.

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WHO IS GEN KALE KAYIHURA?

General Edward Kale Kayihura, commonly known as Kale Kayihura, is a Ugandan lawyer, military officer, farmer and former policeman. He was the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government, from 2005 until 5 March 2018.

Kale Kayihura  was born in Kisoro District, Western Uganda, on 26 December 1955. He is the son of Johnson Komuluyange Kalekezi, one of the Ugandans who fought for the African Great Lakes nation’s independence, which occurred on 9 October 1962. His father died in an aeroplane crash in Kiev, Ukraine on 17 August 1960, when Kale Kayihura was only four years old. His mother is Catherine Mukarwamo, first-born child of Nyamihana, a former chief of Nyakabande Village.

He went to Gasiza Primary School in Kisoro District,He later joined Buhinga Primary School in Kabarole District. He studied at Mutolere Secondary School up to senior four.

In 1974, Kale Kayihura was enrolled in St. Mary’s College Kisubi for his Advanced Level education. He studied Drama, History, English Literature and Economics. He did well and was admitted to Makerere University to study for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. He graduated in 1978 and proceeded to the London School of Economics from where he graduated with the degree of Master of Laws (LLM), in 1982, at age 26.

In 1982, following his graduation from the University of London, he joined the National Resistance Army, a rebel outfit that fought the regime of Milton Obote II and captured power in 1986.

After President Museveni and NRA/M Captured power Gen Kayihura was on military courses which included, The Army Command Course at the Army Commander College, in Nanjing, China, Combined Arms Course, Battalion Commander’s course, Conflict resolution and Management Course at Nasser military Academy in Cairo Egypt, Command and staff college course at Maxwell Air base in United States among others.

Gen Kale also worked as a Military Assistant to the President of Uganda, in that capacity, he headed the Anti-Smuggling Unit, whose official name was Special Revenue Police Services.

Gen Kale in 2005 was appointed Inspector General of Police replacing Gen Edward Katumba Wamala. He was the second Military officer to head Police.

In 2016, a team of private lawyers separately filed a criminal case against Kale Kayihura and other senior commanders for their involvement in the July 2016 beatings. Criminal summonses were issued by the Makindye magistrate court for the IGP and seven other senior officers to appear in court to answer charges of torture but none of them showed up in court.  These proceedings were later halted by the controversial Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma.

On 4 March 2018, President Yoweri Museveni sacked Gen Kale Kayihura from position of IGP and replaced him with his deputy d Martin Okoth Ochola, on the same day EllyTumwine replaced Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde as Security Minister.

On 13 June 2018, Kayihura was arrested on suspicion of killing former police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March 2017.

Kale Kayihura appeared at the military court in Kampala, Uganda, on 24 August 2018. Uganda’s former police chief, He was released on bail after 76 days in military custody on charges of failure to protect war materials and aiding and abetting kidnapping.

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