Kayihura granted bail, freed from military prison

Former IGP Kale Kayihura [Photo credit Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

Former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has been granted bail by the army court and released from Makindye military barracks prison.

Kayihura is charged with failure to protect war material and aiding or abetting kidnapping by commission, repatriating Rwandan exiles and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda between 2012 and 2016.

The army man returned to court on Tuesday for bail application.

Maj Gen Samuel Kavuma (deputy commander Land Forces), Maj Gen James Mugira, Entebbe municipality MP Rosemary Tumusiime (relative) stood surety for him.

His lawyer Peter C R Kabatsi of Kampala Associated Advocates, argued that the applicant (for bail) has never been charged with any offence in any court of law in this country and by all accounts.

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“He is a very law abiding citizen,” Kabatsi told the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

Kabatsi further told court that his client has been in prison for over 72 days which has impaired his health hence needs to be taken out of the country for treatment.

But the state opposed the bail application citing possible interference with investigations.

Led by Raphael Mugisha, the state argued that if Kayihura was to be released, court ought to put stringent terms on him.

Granted bail

The seven-member panel of the court chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti granted Kayihura bail on condition that he won’t leave Kampala or Wakiso districts without permission of the court.

He set bail at Shs10m non-cash. Each of the sureties were asked to pay Shs5m non-cash. Kayihura will report to court whenever required.



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