Col Kaka Bagyenda: A Hunter Hunted

On Friday morning, the tide changed for Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda, the hitherto powerful director-general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), as operatives from various government security agencies sealed off safe houses that the spymaster has been operating under ISO.

The operation which was reportedly led by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) ended in Kaka being invited to the Mbuya based army headquarters for questioning.

Different sources within the security circles have told The Witness that Kaka’s troubles started about two months ago following the arrest of Simon Peter Odong, an operative attached to ISO’s ICT department.

Odong was accused among other charges of concocting stories against members of the first family. Based on the contents of his reports, sources have told us, President Yoweri Museveni called a meeting on May 1, 2020, at State House Nakasero which was attended by among others his brother Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho (Salim Saleh) and first son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

It is this meeting that literally sealed Kaka’s fate after Odong reportedly claimed that he authored the said report on Kaka’s directives.

The report against members of the first family is just one on a list of alleged fake intelligence reports compiled by the spy agency under Kaka’s watch.

“Kaka was meant to be arrested long ago; it was only delayed because [Museveni] is a man who doesn’t rush into doing things, he takes his time until he gets satisfactory evidence to inform his decision,” a source said.

Another source close to the developments said that Kaka’s main undoing was in his management style which put him on a collision path with his colleagues at CMI.

On Tuesday, Museveni reportedly met all heads of the security agencies to discuss the affairs at ISO.

Reached for a comment, the deputy army spokesman Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki said, “Col Kaka is a presidential appointee, I can’t comment. You may need to speak to the presidency.”

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