The Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura has refuted claims that he plans to contest for presidency.
There were reports doing rounds on different social media platforms that the 60-year-old Ugandan lawyer, military officer, and policeman plans to vie for the country’s top political office come 2021.
General Kayihura who was appointed in 2005, replacing General Edward Katumba Wamala as IGP on Thursday refuted the reports as baseless and stupid, denying that he has never harboured such ambitions.
According to Kayihura, his ambition is to secure Ugandans to the extent that even a hen is not stolen.
Gen Kayihura who was speaking as the chief runner at the launch of community policing in the three police regions of Sipi, Elgon and Bukedi at Mbale Secondary School at the weekend said some people and media have been cooking up stories that he is mobilising Ugandans to rally behind him in 2021.
Who is General Kayihura
Kale Kayihura was born in Kisoro District, on 26 December 1955.
He is the son of John Komuluyange Kalekezi, one of the Ugandans who fought for the African Great Lakes nation’s independence, which occurred on 9 October 1962.
His father died in an airplane crash in Kiev, Ukraine on 17 August 1960, when Kale Kayihura was only four years old. His mother is Catherine Mukarwamo, first-born child of Nyamihana, a former chief of Nyakabande Village.
Nyamihana was also the father of Justice Joseph Mulenga Nyamihana, who served as President of the East African Court of Justice and died on 29 August 2012.
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.