Feud costs Kayihura and Tumukunde thier jobs
The bickering between now former Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kalekeezi Kayihura and former minister of security Gen Henry Tumukunde has forced their boss Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of the republic of Uganda to to fire them. They have been replaced by Okoth Ochola as the new IGP and Gen Elly Tumwine as minister of security.
The feud between these two generals is rumoured to have started in 2005 when Gen Kale Kayihura led a unit of police officers to arrest Gen Tumukunde over comments he made about the army and government while appearing at a radio talk show. The feud escalated in 2017 when the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) under the ministry of security headed by Tumukunde clashed with the police at the home of Muhoza Mbabazi, a girlfriend to slain AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in Lungujja, a suburb in the Rubaga division of Kampala. She claimed to have concrete evidence on who was involved in the plot to gun down the police spokesperson in cold blood.
The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) both under the ministry of security launched a crackdown on Kayihura’s strong men among which were Nixon Agasirwe, the former Special Operations Unit and Professional Standards unit commander Joel Aguma for the kidnap of Joel Mutabazi, a former ADC to President Paul Kagame.
The army was on a mission to get rid of the dirty officers in the Police. More recently in 2018 January, Paddy Serunjogi aka Sobbi, a self proclaimed reformed leader of the Kifeesi gang was arrested by police after implicating some of the senior officers that had collaborated with criminals. The CMI rescued Sobbi from police and he was released a few days later. In return, Sobbi gifted CMI with information that led to arrest of Abdullah Kitatta, the Boda boda 2010 boss, whom was known to be a close associate of Kayihura and the later had defended Kitatta’s role in crime fighting. Kitatta was implicated in the kidnap, robbery and murder of Francis Ekalur, a Case hospital employee.
Truth be told, there is a lot of rot in the police force. The president himself has mentioned it several times and it is said that is why he instructed Tumukunde to clean up the force. Several police officers have been involved in crimes that they train and take oath to prevent.
Among the general public lost confidence in the Police forces. Most people don’t even bother to report cases to the police anymore, it is common knowledge that the suspects shall be free in a moments time and the case file shall disappear never to be found again. There are a number of cases being handled by CMI that would have normally been under investigation by police.
Last week, a member of the Flying Squad Moses Kasiba was implicated to be a collaborator with Asiimwe Ronald aka Kanyankore in the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara, a 28 year old woman whose story horrified the nation.
Kanyankore was arrested in Wandegeya in the company of police men who tried to thwart his arrest by Joint Anti Terrorism Task Force (JATT) operatives claiming he is an informant of the police. A scuffle ensued which was solved when te JATT officers called for back up from the military police.
Another sign of loss of trust in the police force also happened last week when former MP Nsubuga Tony Kipoi was arrested and extradited to Uganda from Botswana. The police processed all the paperwork.
Is safe to say H.E Yoweri Kagutta Museveni know the impact of social media on News today as he sent out a tweet and facebook post firing the two generals on Sunday evening.