Chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Women’s League, Hon Lydia Wanyoto has asked high ranking leaders of government and the ruling party to pick a lesson or two from the arrest and detention of former Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura.
The key lesson for these leaders, Wanyoto says, is that the higher one goes up the ladder, the harder their fall will be.
As such, she said, high ranking leaders must always aspire to lead transparent lives and to be accountable.
“My take away from this is that even if you are a senior at whatever rank, the more senior you are in our country, the more accountable you should be,” she said while appearing on radio talk show during the weekend.
“This isn’t just for the people who are armed and running the security agencies of government. If you are a senior member of the NRM, you should be more accountable to the government; the values of the government and the national interests; more than any other person.”
Wanyoto noted on the show, that Gen Kayihura, who was picked by the military from his country farm in Lyantonde last week and interrogated in Kampala; is no longer powerful and can be dealt with by the law.
Such she said, is the fate of any high ranking leaders who abuse their office and engages in corruption thinking that they are untouchable.
“There was a time when it was hard for Kayihura to face justice for his personal mistakes, but now he is no longer IGP. Anyone who had failed to pursue a case against him while he was in office can bring it up now.”
Gen Kayihura is currently being grilled by the Uganda Police Force and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) at Makindye Military Barracks.
While speculations have been rife on the reason for the General’s arrest, he is yet to be arraigned and charged in court.
Kayihura’s lawyers of Kampala Associates Advocate maintain that he has done nothing wrong.
These put out a statement yesterday condemning what they called ‘false, malicious and defamatory allegations against Gen. Kale Kayihura’in the media.
“Our instructions are to inform the public that he is entirely innocent of all the malicious allegations pedaled in the press. Gen. Kayihura’s home has not been designated as a crime scene. Access to his home has not been restricted and none of his family members have been detained or is under any investigation,” the lawyers noted.