Kampala. Opposition Democratic Party (DP) has faulted Parliament for approving the re-appointment of General Kale Kayihura as Inspector General of Police (IGP), saying he is partisan and tramples on human rights.
Addressing journalists at the DP headquarters in Kampala yesterday, DP Youth representative to the party National Executive Committee (NEC) Gerald Siranda said Gen Kayihura is obsessed with protecting the NRM regime rather than perform his civic duties.
“Gen Kayihura is no longer performing his duties as the IGP. Since he became IGP, Ugandans and Opposition political parties have been threatened and had their rights trampled upon by the Police Force,” Mr Siranda said.
The DP official said while Gen Kayihura is Uganda’s longest serving police chief, little has been done to conclusively investigate the increased cases of murder, robbery and stamping out marauding thugs.
Instead, Mr Siranda said, police continues to top the list of the most corrupt institutions in the country according to IGG reports.
In September, Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party, appealed to Parliament to block Gen Kayihura’s approval.
UPC at the time described Gen Kayihura as “more of a military man than a professional police officer.”
Last week, the Appointments Committee of Parliament approved Gen Kayihura’s re-appointment as IGP for a 4th three-year term.
It was not possible to get a comment from the police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, as he did not answer repeated calls. However, in an August interview with Daily Monitor, Gen Kayihura admitted that he does political work but denied he was partisan.
“When you are involved in the affairs of a State, what do you call that? It is political,” Gen Kayihura stated.
Number of years that Gen Kayihura has served as IGP.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor