Former Supreme Court Justice Prof George Wilson Kanyeihamba is once again clashing with Police on matters pertaining to his personal security.
Justice Kanyeihamba, 79, who weeks ago was accused by police of trying to take a firearm from his guard, is now accusing the Police of withdrawing guards from his residence.
The judge told his lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates yesterday evening that his police guards had been unceremoniously withdrawn.
“The police management has also not been paying the police guards of Prof. Kanyeihamba all their legal entitlements in accordance with our client’s written advice,” said the lawyers in a statement.
Police hadn’t commented on these accusations by Saturday morning.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said only the Police Headquarters could comment about the matter.
The Police publicist Fred Enanga didn’t return our calls while his deputy Polly Namaye said she was in a meeting.
According to Justice Kanyeihamba, his security was withdrawn at a time he started receiving threats from a UPDF general.
He claims the General on Thursday this week told him that he was a few minutes from arrest, due to his continuous attack on the image of the government through his publications.
“The condition outlined by the General for freedom is for him to immediately stop all antigovernment publications or writings especially those that tell Ugandans that President Museveni always loses elections and his opponents always win; and comparing Museveni with ousted leaders like Gaddafi, Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt and their ilk who had a talent for manufacturing consent, popularity and electoral victories only to exposed by revolutions led by the very masses they used oppress and dupe,” said the Kanyeihamba’s lawyers.
Counsel Eron Kiiza told us he wasn’t at liberty to disclose the names of the said general at the moment.
Kiiza says with no security at his home, his client decided to seek refuge in church at Namirembe C. O. U headquarters, but was not welcomed.
Ultimately, he says, Kanyeihamba elected to turn to his old friend, the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
“Our client ran to Bulange, Mengo, where he was properly received and given directions to the palace where the Kabaka was.”
“Our client shared his security fears with the Kabaka of Buganda – a personal friend of Prof. Dr. G. W. Kanyeihamba since their days in exile. The Kabaka is in the meantime giving emergency security our client until the situation normalizes.”
Asked what kind of security was provided by the king, — who is guarded by the UPDF –, Counsel Kiiza told us the security officials from the palace “are not deployed 24/7 at the judge’s house, but they keep monitoring the situation, and since yesterday but one, they have been doing a great job.”
The lawyer says Justice Kanyeihamba has not reported the threats to the Police “because the police are part of the problem.”
“This is why were decided to appeal to the public first. We are also considering legal options at our disposal,” he added.