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Uganda: Kayihura’s case still stands – army

Kampala. The army has insisted that the charges against former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, still stand.

Gen Kayihura, who is out on bail, was in August charged on two counts of failure to protect war materials and aiding kidnap and illegal repatriation of Rwandan nationals and Ugandan citizens from Uganda between 2012 and 2016.

Sources at the Makindye-based General Court Martial yesterday said no charge against Gen Kayihura had been dropped.

Sources
Recently, it was reported in the media that there was a collapse of his charges and that a party to celebrate his discharge was still on hold for the army to first announce the dropping of the case in the military court.

However, yesterday, Maj John Bizimana, the registrar at the General Court Martial, said they learnt about the rumour through the media but said prosecution was not aware of any intention or decision to drop the charges.

For treatment
“What I am aware of is that he (Kayihura) asked for some time to undergo treatment to be fit for trial,” said Maj Bizimana.
He said, currently, the military court has closed for the festive season but a schedule for Kayihura’s appearance will be drawn early next year.

Background

Cases. Gen Kayihura is accused of failing to protect war materials by issuing arms to unauthorised persons including Boda Boda 2010 members led by jailed Abdallah Kitatta between 2010 and 2018.

On Kitatta. Mr Kitatta is on remand in military prison with 12 others on charges of unlawful possession of firearms. The army court last week ruled that Kitatta has a case to answer and ordered him to defend himself.

Gen Kayihura was arrested by the military on June 13 and detained in Makindye Military Police Barracks for more than two months until he was charged in the army court on August 24.

By Daily Monitor

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