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Withdrawal of Charges Against Kayihura Excites Kisoro Leaders, Residents :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Withdrawal of Charges Against Kayihura Excites Kisoro Leaders, Residents

The charges including failure to protect war materials, failure to supervise police officers, and abetting kidnap were withdrawn on Wednesday before a seven-member panel led by Brigadier General Freeman Robert Mugabe.
Kayihura posing for a photo with some of Kisoro residents recently (Photo credit Samuel Amanya)

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The withdrawal of criminal charges against former Inspector General of Police retired General Kale Kayihura has excited leaders and locals in Kisoro District. 

The charges including failure to protect war materials, failure to supervise police officers, and abetting kidnap were withdrawn on Wednesday before a seven-member panel led by Brigadier General Freeman Robert Mugabe.

On August 24, 2018, Kayihura appeared before the seven-member panel of the UPDF General Court Martial presided over by then Chairman, Lt. General Andrew Gutti to plead to the charges. He had earlier been arrested from his upcountry home in Kashagama in Lyantonde District before being airlifted to Kampala. 

Abel Bizimana, Kisoro District LCV Chairperson says that the withdrawal of the charges is an indication that patience pains, but it pays.  He says that the people of Kisoro are very happy that their son has retired as a free man.     

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Martin Hakizimana, the Councilor representing Muramba sub-county, thanked President Yoweri Museveni for listening to their appeals in 2020 to pardon Kayihura.

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John Mfitumukiza, the District councilor representing Nyarusiza sub-county says with the withdrawal of all cases against Kayihura, they are planning to organize a thanksgiving ceremony to thank God. 

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Evary Funi, the Nyakabande Sub County LCIII Chairperson says that they are happy and ready to welcome Kayihura in Kisoro because he was a very hard-working military officer, social and trustworthy. 

Morris Hakizimana, a resident of Nyakabande sub-county says that the arrest and charging of Kayihura had created pain among Kisoro residents. He says that during his tenure as IGP, many youths were recruited into the police force.

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Michael Kwizera, a resident of Nyakabande sub-county, expressed joy at the withdrawal of charges.  Kwizera believes that Kayihura was unfairly targeted by his enemies who fabricated accusations against him.

Kayihura was dropped as IGP in March 2018 after serving for over 12 years and was subsequently arrested in June of the same year.

   

During his time as IGP, Kayihura proposed extending the detention period for suspects with capital offenses to 90 days before their court appearance, allowing investigators more time to gather evidence for successful prosecutions.

Following his arrest by the army, Kayihura was held at the military police headquarters in Makindye for 76 days.

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