Kayihura Holding Office Illegally – Ex-Police Boss

Kayihura Holding Office Illegally – Ex-Police Boss

A former police boss has broken his silence on the ongoing case involving the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and some of his officers saying the IGP is holding office illegally.

Julius Odwee, a former police deputy on Wednesday revealed that Kayihura’s continued stay in office defies provisions of the Public Standing Orders arguing that it is common knowledge that a public servant cannot stay in office while facing criminal charges or undergoing a criminal investigation since it would interfere with the investigations or court process.

The  police chief is facing charges of torture before the Makindye chief Magistrate court together with seven other senior commanders in relation to the brutal beating of former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye’s supporters at the beginning of July 2016.

However, on Wednesday he defied court summons to appear and answer to the charges at the same court that was marred with dramatic scenes

Kayihura is the first sitting head of police in Uganda to face criminal charges.

Odwee served in the Uganda Police Force for more than 30 years before retiring in 2011 as Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP).