Army speaks on ‘military siege’ at Kayihura home

The national army has dismissed as false reports circulating on social media that the military on Thursday night besieged the home on police chief Kale Kayihura.

According to their reports that dominated Facebook and WhatsApp platforms, officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence [CMI] reportedly closed off the road leading to Kayihura’s Muyenga based home with intent to search it.

When contacted, police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told us to ignore the reports as “false and with no bearing”.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, too dismissed the claims as baseless.

“Please ignore the misinformation circulating around that UPDF is deployed around the residence of the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura. It is totally false,” he said.

Mass arrests of cops 

According to reports, the CMI investigation into top police chiefs that has spread panic across the force was ordered by President Museveni himself. Six officers are now detained at Makindye maximum security military police facility, reports The Observer.

Internal Security Organisation agents had been dispatched to the notorious Nalufenya police station in Jinja to arrest yet another senior police officer while CMI travels to Algeria to pick Joseph Baroza, a former assistant to Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.

Baroza is presently a police liaison officer at Uganda’s mission there assigned with monitoring, informing and implementing exchange programmes on African Police Cooperation Mechanism (Afripol) such as trainings, visits and others.

Herbert Muhangi, the commandant of the Flying Squad, a unit dedicated to combatting violent crime, was also interrogated.

Those under detention include; Senior Commissioner of Police Joel Aguma, the commandant of the police Professional Standards Unit; Senior Superintendent of Police Nixon Agasirwe, the former special operations unit boss at Nalufenya in Jinja district; Faisal Katende, an operative in the flying squad; Assistant Superintendent of Police Magada (crime intelligence); AIP Mpambuzo, Sgt Abel Tumukunde, the Kampala Metropolitan Police flying squad commander, and Ali Kabanda, a flying squad operative.

Agasirwe, Baroza and Katende are reportedly suspects in the aggravated robbery and murder of an Eritrean businessman, Deniel Weldo in December 2016. His killers then tried to steal two million euros (Shs 8bn) from his account operated in Stanbic bank.

Aguma is being investigated for allegedly engaging in subversive acts, including colluding with foreign security agents to abduct and forcibly return Rwandan political asylum seekers/refugees to Rwanda.