In another expected security shake up, President Yoweri Museveni intends to name Brigadier Leopold Kyanda the new Inspector General of Police.
Our security source says Kyanda, the current Joint Chief of Staff will be replacing IGP Gen Kale Kayihura.
He will be promoted from Brigadier to Major General.
The Commander-in-Chief, will then push Kayihura into politics.
“The president is considering appointing Kayihura to head the ministry of Internal Affairs,” the source said.
Bukedea District Woman MP Rose Akol Okullo is the current Internal Affairs Minister having replaced the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Her fate is still unknown to us.
But the source says Museveni is capitalising on the army to consolidate his grip on power.
In his article titled: “Museveni’s next term: Who will be in government?” Independent Magazine founder, Andrew Mwenda, writes,”…Museveni’s consolidation of his grip on power, his son, [Maj Gen] Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who commands the elite Special Forces Group under which is the Presidential Guard Brigade, will have to play a stronger frontal role.”
Mwenda says Museveni’s other point man in the army, his younger brother, Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh.
“If Salim Saleh, Muhoozi, and Janet Museveni move closer to the centre in the next government, some prominent personalities today might have to step back.”
As earlier noted, Museveni elevated Muhoozi to Maj Gen and positioned him for future appointment as deputy Chief of Defence Forces so he can have full control over the army.
“One of the most prominent is the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kale Kayihura. The IGP is a brainy, tenacious, hardnosed officer who has encapsulated his job into a single mission: the preservation ofMuseveni in power,” Mwenda writes.
Kayihura is now the third most powerful person in the country after Museveni and Janet.
According to Mwenda, Museveni picked up Lt. Gen. (Retired) Henry Tumukunde to play Kayihura’s role over neutralising opposition because of his powerful family connections to the centre of power.
With Tumukunde doing well in Kayihura’s shoes, the police chief will now be pushed onto a tricky political scene.
Kayihura and Kyanda who are already on America’s blacklist for human rights violations have played a central role in helping Museveni to weaken opposition.
While serving CMI boss between 2005 and 2008, Kyanda reportedly run safe houses aka torture chambers in Kololo and Muyenga, Kampala suburbs.
Kyanda also allegedly commanded operations that saw UPDF soldiers actively engage in partisan politics during the 2016 elections.
Kyanda currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Land Forces in the UPDF.
He was appointed to that position in May 2013, replacing Major General Charles Angina, who was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda (DCDF).
In 1994, Leo Kyanda was a driver to Lieutenant General Ivan Koreta, at that time, a Brigadier.
He later joined the then Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB), which today is part of the Special Forces Group (SFG).
He rose in its ranks and eventually became the Commander of the PGB.
Following that, he became the Commandant of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
From there, he was assigned to the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, DC, as the Military Attaché, serving in that capacity for two years.
On his return to Uganda, he was appointed Chief of Personnel and Administration in the UPDF.
From there, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier and assigned his current post of Chief of Staff of Land Forces of Uganda.
Kayihura, on the other hand, commands the police force that has been severally accused of going partisan and harassing opposition to the benefit of the ruling party.
Election observers all pointed to high handedness of the police force before, during and after general elections, saying the curtailing of opposition gave Museveni an upper hand over his rivals.
Kayihura is also accused of ordering the house arrest of Kizza Besigye [twice] and preventing him from challenging Museveni in courts of law.
Kayihura is a lawyer, military officer and policeman holding the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government.
In 1982, following his graduation from the University of London, he joined the National Resistance Army, a rebel outfit that fought the regime of Milton Obote II and captured power in 1986.
He has since grown in military rank and held multiple offices in the army and public service, including the following: As an Aide de Camp to the Commander of the Mobile Brigade, from 1982 to 1986, as a Staff Officer in the Office of the Assistant Minister of Defence, from 1986 to 1988.
He served as Chief Political Commissar and simultaneous Director of Political Education in the National Resistance Army, as the Operational Commander of the UPDF forces in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo and as a Military Assistant to the President of Uganda.
In that capacity, he headed the Anti-Smuggling Unit, whose official name is Special Revenue Police Services.
He currently serves as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force.
He has served in that position since 2005 when he replaced General Edward Katumba Wamala as the IGP.
He is the second Ugandan military officer to serve as the chief of the Uganda Police Force, in the history of the country.
General Kayihura is still an active member of Uganda’s military and was previously the Head of the country’s Revenue Protection Services.