March 31, 2014

MPs Give Kayihura Ultimatum Over Kibwetere Report

IGP General Kale Kayihura
IGP General Kale Kayihura

The parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs has given Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police an ultimatum to appear and explain why the investigations report into the Kibwetere massacre has remained secret.

It came after Kayihura failed to appear before the committee on Monday over the Kibwetere report despite being summoned.

In 2000, more than 1000 followers of the Movement for Restoration of Ten Commandments of God died in an inferno.It is believed that Joseph Kibwetere and his colleague Credonia Mwerinde, the founders of the church locked up their flock and set it ablaze. Shortly after the incident, government set up a probe committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the massacre, but to date no report has been issued.

As a result, families of the deceased petitioned parliament last year demanding that findings of the committee be made public.The parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs started investigations into the incident last year. This morning, Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police was expected to appear before the committee in vain.

His failure to appear before the committee didn’t go down well with the legislators, who accused the IGP of making it a habit to dodge their summons.They observed that this was the third time Kayihura was under looking the committee summons. Benny Namugwanya, the Mubende district woman MP ordered Kayihura to appear before the committee within two days. She warned that should Kayihura turn down the summons, he would be dealt with accordingly.

Simon Mulongo, the Bubulo East MP said they wouldn’t hesitate taking action against Kayihura should he turn down their summons to appear this Wednesday. One of the punishments the committee could use against Kayihura is to frustrate the approval of the police budget. MPs Semujju Nganda, Saleh Kamba and Muwanga Kivumbi describe the failure by Kayihura to show up as contempt of parliament.

4 thoughts on “MPs Give Kayihura Ultimatum Over Kibwetere Report

  1. “to frustrate the approval of the police budget” itself is not a professional way of doing what is expected of the committee, because the Police budget is not Kayihura’s personal property. A reasonable budget must be passed to facilitate the work of the police force (maintain law and order; protect lives and properties). The committee should explore other legal avenues of ensuring the IGP complies with his obligations of accounting for any loss of lives.

    1. Even from all ways of frustration,why were they the(MPs) interested againsting the budget other than some thing else.

      These MPs might the people planting rotten cabbages behind the president and the NRM party at large.

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