The General Court Martial is willing to relax bail terms for former police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, so that he can travel out of Kampala and attend his mother’s funeral.
Kayihura lost his 92-year-old mother Catherine Tibemanya Mukarwamo on Thursday morning. She died at her home at Mukuubo in Fort Portal city.
Much as the army court has not heard from neither Kayihura nor his lawyers, the court’s registrar, Maj John Bizimana, said that the army court will grant permission to the former Inspector General of Police.
“The ruling was very clear. Not outside Kampala or Wakiso without permission from the authority. The permission can be sought and he will be allowed to go. He can approach the CDF or chairman General court-martial,” Maj Bizimana said.
Gen Kayihura is restricted from travelling beyond Wakiso District because of the on-going trial in army court in which he is battling three counts.
These offences include aiding and abetting the kidnapping by the commission, repatriating Rwandan exile and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda.
As part of his bail conditions, Gen Kayihura must always seek permission from the Chairman General Court Martial, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi or Commander in Chief, President Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The deceased’s burial was not yet known as some reports indicate she would be buried in Fort Portal while others indicate she will be transported to Nyakabande in Kisoro District.
Before he appeared in army court in August 2018, Gen Kayihura had been confined in Makindye Military Barracks for over 75 days. Kayihura was also accused of failing to protect war material when he gave guns to an authorized civilian group Boda-boda 2010 under the leadership of now-jailed Abdallah Kitatta.