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UPDF: We are Not Aware of Gen Kayihura Deployment as Intelligence Coordinator

The army is not confirming reports that former Police chief General Kale Kayihura has been appointed Coordinator of Intelligence Organs.

Gen Kayihura was sacked in 2018 at the peak of a cold war with then Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.

At the time, Kayihura was accused of being a close associate of Rwanda’s security services as the country’s relations with Uganda were at an all-time low.

Reports today indicated that President Museveni appointed Kayihura to serve as intelligence coordinator, a position previously occupied by Gen David Sejusa.

Contacted for comment, Defence spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire denied they claims, saying he was yet to obtain such information from official channels.

“I have not seen or heard anything to that effect from official sources,” said Karemire.

Additionally, close associates of Kayihura told ChimpReports they were not aware of the alleged appointment.

“It doesn’t seem to be true,” said a relative of Kayihura after engaging the latter.

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Kayihura was among Museveni’s most trusted cadres until 2018 when he was dropped from the top security position.

He was later charged with several offences before the court martial, charges he denied.

Kayihura’s woes were worsened by sanctions against him by the United States government for “having been a leader or official of an entity that has engaged in or whose members have engaged in serious human rights abuse against Ugandan citizens, as well as for his involvement in corruption”.

However, on Gen Kayihura issued a statement, dismissing the allegations as “baseless, unverified and outrageous”.
He accused the US of hypocrisy: “The fact is that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) worked closely with me and with units of policer that were involved in fighting crime, including the Flying Squad. They were not scandalized by my leadership but actually gave me an award for contribution in the fight against terror,” he wrote.
Kayihura was among Museveni’s top political mobilisers in the 2016 elections.
Sources say Museveni was convinced that most of the allegations against Kayihura including the alleged involvement in AIGP Andrew Kaweesi murder were a fabrication of elements in Internal Security Organisation, some of whom were recently arrested.

 

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