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Why detained former Uganda police boss is ‘happy to remain in prison’

Detained Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura says he is not in a hurry to leave prison and is willing to sacrifice his rights in order to allow the truth come out.

The 62-year-old Army general has been in detention at a Military Barracks in Kampala since June 13 when he was picked by a military chopper at his rural home.

It is believed Kayihura and a number of his associates have been questioned by authority over a number of issues, including the assassination of his former deputy Andrew Kaweesi.

Speaking through his lawyers, Kampala Associated Advocates on Thursday, Kayihura said he appreciates efforts made by a concerned law student of Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara District to push for his release, but that he is not in a hurry to come out.


The Ugandan law states that any suspected criminal should be produced in court 48-hours after his arrest even though Kayihura tried to extend this period to a full week during his reign.

“Our client told us that he has no problem staying in prison as long as the truth is established. What is important at this time is the truth to come out. A number of dramatic and ridiculous allegations have been labelled against him and if the investigating bodies want more time to investigate them, he says it is fine for him to wait,” Elison Karuhanga, one of Kayihura’s lawyers told Daily Monitor.

Bwengye has filed an application (habeas corpus) in the High Court in Kampala seeking orders to compel the army to release Kayihura.

Bwengye wants court to order the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Commanding Officer of Makindye barracks, the Director of Public Proescutions and Attorney General to appear and justify when Kayihura should not be released.