MPs yesterday tasked the Prime Minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, to explain the disagreements between him and the police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura.During a question and answer session at Parliament, the legislators wanted Mr Mbabazi to explain why Gen Kayihura uses police to play what they called “partisan politics” in disregard of the Police Act.
Kyadondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu said the government owes Ugandans an explanation since leaked recordings of Gen Kayihura interrogating some NRM youth was causing anxiety among Ugandans.
In the recording, which police say was stolen from them by unknown people, features Gen Kayihura extracting information from Mr Alex Kasirivu, the NRM youth leader of Kayunga District.
Mr Kasirivu claims that he had been recruited by the premier’s wife, Ms Jacqueline Mbabazi, to mobilise NRM leaders in Buganda to support her husband’s supposed scheme for presidency.
Mr Ssemujju wondered whether the government was aware that the IGP had abandoned his constitutional duty and is campaigning against the Prime Minister.
Mr Mbabazi, in a quick response, however, said the government was aware that “the IGP is performing his duty. It is not aware that he is campaigning for or against Mbabazi”.
But Mr Wafula rephrased the question saying it was a serious matter that needed a serious response.Mr Mbabazi instead cautioned police, saying they were a national institution that must serve all Ugandans irrespective of their political inclinations and sectarian identity.
“This is obvious our police must build a reputation where it is respected by all and it is critical that this is achieved,” he said.Meanwhile, Gen Kayihura has spoken out on the leaked tape recordings. While releasing the 2013 annual Police Crime Report in Kampala on Tuesday, the IGP acknowledged that the tapes belonged to police.
“Somebody, obviously who is not professional, got access to the tape and took it to the wrong people who were not supposed to have it,” Gen Kayihura said, adding that the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department was investigating how that tape got out of police custody.
The leaked tapes were last week uploaded on social media and published by some local newspapers.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor