In a shocking move, Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change president, launched a full-scale attack Tuesday against the Director of Internal Security Organization (ISO) Col Kaka Bagyenda in defence of former police chief, Kale Kayihura.
Besigye who was appearing on CBS radio said Kaka has presided over impunity manifested in detaining suspects without trial for long hours.
He cited the case of Kayihura who was detained for more than 48 hours before they are produced in court.
To Besigye, Kaka is simply overthrowing the constitutional order.
“Why do you detain people for over a month without producing them in court?” he asked.
He went on: “If you have the evidence and witnesses, you do not have to parade them [suspects] before the media, Col Kaka should take those people to court such that their confessions are before a judge, not journalists.”
Besigye asked Col Kaka to present Kayihura in court if he has genuine charges related to breach of national security.
“Let Col Kaka read the history of Uganda and Museveni’s rise to power to appreciate the outcome of impunity and violation of human rights.”
He recalled how in 1980, President Museveni went to the bush to wage war against former President Milton Obote who had rigged the 1980 general election.
Kayihura has a case to answer
Last month, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, said Kayihura and his co-accused have a case to answer.
Kayihura was arrested by the army at his country home in Kashagama, Lyantonde District, on June 13 on unspecified charges.
“It would be preposterous to go to your house and pick you for no cause at all… The fact that my colleagues — police officers– have been brought in for questioning, presupposes that there is a prima facie [credible information that they committed the alleged crimes],” Gen Odongo told the press at the ministry of Internal Affairs headquarters in Kampala.
Gen Kayihura is detained at Makindye military barracks in Kampala alongside Herbert Muhangi (former commander of the police Flying Squad), Lt Col Atwooki Ndahura (former director of Crime Intelligence in police) and several other police officers who were separately arrested last week. The charges against them are not yet disclosed.
Gen Odongo said the stability in the country despite the arrest of a four-star general is proof that the government is still in charge of national security.
“On May 11, 1980, Maj Gen Oyite Ojok was deployed in Algeria and the government was overthrown. Today, you can arrest a four-star general and everyone can go to the market and nothing happens,” Gen Odongo said, referring to former president Godfrey Binaisa.
The late Binaisa was overthrown by the military after an attempt to assert his authority by deploying the powerful Maj Gen Oyite Ojok to Algeria as ambassador.
On Tuesday, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces reappointed Lt Gen Andrew Gutti as chairman of the General Court Martial, paving way for Gen Kayihura’s trial.