First son, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has stepped up efforts to see President Yoweri Museveni pardon Gen. Kale Kayihura so that the former police chief joins active politics by 2026, we can exclusively report.

Kayihura, whom Museveni dropped as the Inspector General of Police on March 4, 2018, is currently facing military court martial over alleged failure to protect war materials contrary to Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Act. He was released on bail in August 2018 after 76 days in custody.

Since then Muhoozi, a close friend of Kayihura, has been pleading with his father to forgive Kayihura.

His pleadings have been both private and public.

Last year, for example, Muhoozi tweeted, “Gen Kayihura was one of those special cadres in the early 1990s who inspired us to serve our nation. Others were late Generals Mayombo and Kazini. If he made mistakes, let us use revolutionary methods of work to rectify them. I request the CIC (Commander in Chief (President Museveni) to forgive and rehabilitate him.”

We have exclusively learnt that if the President grant’s Muhoozi’s prayer and pardons Kayihura, Muhoozi wants Kayihura to contest for MP in 2026 and probably in his home area Kisoro.

According to watchers, it was not a surprise to see Kale among Gen.Muhoozi entourage during the latter’s Kabale trip in April this year.

Kale, flanked by his son, met Muhoozi at White Horse Inn in Kabale district and they held a closed door conversation.

Muhoozi was in Kabale for the Rukundo Egumeho Thanksgiving Concert organized to celebrate the reopening of the Uganda-Rwanda border—a deal he brokered—and also coincided with his 49th birthday.

Sources close to the first son reveal that Kayihura fits well in Muhoozi’s grand plan of fronting parliamentary candidates that will eventually support his 2031 presidential bid.

Though some of Muhoozi’s sympathizers wanted him to run for president in 2026, President Museveni has since guided them to refrain from that talk.

Kayihura’s hope of joining elective politics will get the first green light next month when he is expected to be retired from active military service.

He is set to be retired along with Gen. Sam Wasswa, Steven Oluka, Augustine Atwooki, Joseph Arocha and Lt. Col. Juma Seiko.

Kayihura joined the military in 1982 after his studies in London. He was part of the bush war that ushered Museveni into presidency.

He served as a military assistant to the president, headed the anti-smuggling unit before becoming the police chief in November 2005.

WIDER PICTURE

About two years ago, Museveni promised that he was going to talk to the military prosecutors to have Kayihura’s charges dropped as requested by the National Resistance Movement leaders.

Kale—fatally crippled by the US sanctions—has lately been restless trying to find for himself something to do in order to be able to make ends meet and provide for his family.

He recently applied to the Law Council seeking to be authorized to practice law in Kampala as a private lawyer.

Indeed his name was among the 21 applicants that the Law Council (which authorizes lawyers in such circumstances) considered during its meeting of 10th November, 2021.

He has a masters’ degree in law but one time described himself as a lawyer, a “rusty memory” of the law having studied without ever practicing it anywhere.

Along with Jim Muhwezi, Kayihura escaped to join the NRM rebels (through his mentor Prof Yusuf Lule in London) immediately after completing his studies at the LDC where he completed his Bar Course.

With plans to join politics, pundits say this enrolling to practice law was necessary to bring him up-to-date with legislative demands and procedures.

We have learnt that several meetings have been taking place between Kale and President Museveni.

In all these engagements, Museveni reportedly came to a conclusion that Kale was actually a good man but became a victim of intrigue orchestrated by some top government officials both in public service and the army.

After hearing from the horse’s mouth, sources say, the President decided to return Kale. We are not saying he is a saint but his goodness outweighs his badness. We are told Kale even went on to reveal some ‘plans’ a foreign country was hatching against Uganda.

SUCCESSION

According to insiders, Kale will reportedly play a key role in Uganda’s politics after President Museveni.

“I can’t tell exactly when he will return directly but be sure he will play a big role and will be among those to manage the transition,” a source stressed.

As far as his rehabilitation is concerned before he can fully bounce back, this newspaper has further learnt that Kale is closely working with UPDF land forces commander Gen Muhoozi, Presidential Advisor for Special Duties Odrek Rwabwogo and Operation Wealth Creation boss, Gen Salim Saleh.


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