Kayihura, aides return to army court

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Kayihura in the dock [Photo by Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

Former Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura is expected back in Makindye based Court Martial today for the mention of his case.

Last month, the General Court Martial arraigned senior and junior police officers on charges of kidnap and repatriation of Rwandan refugees.

They are; former Police Director in charge of Crime Intelligence, Col. Ndahura Atwooki, ACP Herbert Muhangi, the former Flying Squad Commander, SSP Richard Ndaboine (former head of Police Cyber Crime Unit) and Nixon Agasiirwe(former commander, Special Operations Unit).

Their juniors are; AIP Jonas Ayebaze, ASP Patrick Muramira (former deputy commander police Special Operations Unit) and Detective constable Abel Kitagenda.

Their charge sheet was amended and Kayihura who was their overall boss, added to it. Today, Monday, they return for the mention of their case.

State alleges that between the year 2012 and 2016, they group aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriated Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda including Lt. Joel Mutabazi, Jackson Karemera and Sgt. Innocent Karisa.

Kayihura also failed to protect war materials contrary to section 122(1) (2) (d) of the UPDF when between 2010 and 2018, he allowed the issue of arms and ammunitions to unauthorised persons including members of Boda boda 2010 led by one Abdullah Kitatta.

They are further accused of failure to supervise and ensure accountability for the arms and ammunitions issued to specialized units under the office of the Inspector General of Police including the Flying Squad, Special Operations Unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence directorate of the police force.

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