President Yoweri Museveni will ask the General Court Martial to drop charges against the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura.
Museveni’s pledge came as Museveni addressed NRM leaders in Kisoro who knelt before him and begged him to pardon the former IGP.
“Gen. Kayihura is a great NRM mobiliser, we appeal to you to forgive him like you have forgiven other NRM cadres. Kayihura is the only person who has been mobilising for NRM in Kisoro 100 percent,” Abel Bizimana told Museveni.
Bizimana immediately went on his knees and was joined by others NRM leaders in the district.
In his speech, Museveni said, “I have heard your request, and I will take it to the military prosecuters and also put in mine to have him forgiven.”
Museveni sacked Gen Kayihura as IGP in March 2018 at the height of mysterious killings in different parts of the country.
Three months later, in June 2018, the once powerful police chief was arrested as he allegedly attempted to flee the country into one of the regional neighbours.
After 35 days in detention at the Military Police barracks at Makindye near Kampala, Kayihura was arraigned before the military court martial where he was charged with failing to protect war materials, failing to supervise police officers and abetting kidnaps.
Museveni now feels that Kayihura committed lesser sins than some whom he has previously pardoned.
“There are those who committed heavy sins and we forgave them. So then why don’t we forgive him [Kayihura]?” Museveni wondered.
Museveni campaigned in Kisoro weeks after his main challenger in this year’s presidential elections, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, visited the district and accused Museveni of unfairly treating Kayihura.