Kayihura: Pope blessed me, critics will go to hell


Kayihura receives the Pope at Entebbe airport on Friday [Photo credit??]

Uganda police chief, Kale Kayihura, has threatened those who criticize him with hell, saying he has personally been blessed by the Pope.

Kayihura is the head of the security that ensured Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Uganda was safe and peaceful all-through.

“The Pope has blessed me,” Kayihura told journalists at Entebbe airport on Sunday while seeing off the Pope to Central African Republic.

“If you continue demonising me,” Kayihura warned detractors, “you will go to hell.”

The police chief said he was very excited at the fact that there were no security threats during the Pope’s visit.

“I am extremely happy and we are blessed that there have been no major incidents,” he said.

Kayihura pointed out that for example, even look even the pickpockets “feared the Pope and behaved”.

He said paying attention to Uganda by the Pope is like paying tribute to the values of sacrifice, martyrdom and unity.

Even President Yoweri Museveni who escorted the Pope to the airport together with the First Lady, Janet Museveni, commended security for the good work done.

Museveni who said it was not himself but Ugandans that hosted the Pope, was glad he [Pope] was protected by the state without incident.

The Pope who arrived in Uganda from Kenya on Friday, visited State House Entebbe, Munyonyo Anglican martyrs shrine, Namugongo catholic martyrs shrine, Kololo independence grounds where he addressed youth, Nalukolongo where he met the elderly and Rubaga cathedral where he addressed the clergy.

There were no reports of hooliganism or police-led security breach in all these visits

Not long ago, Ugandans were up in arms demanding that the chief of police steps aside for playing partisan politics instead of serving as a police officer.

The Ugandan constitution bars serving officers in police and army to participate in active politics, something citizens accuse Kayihura of not abiding to.

The call for his resignation came up when police admitted that they were training crime preventers to boost the force, the same crime preventers that have been cited in partisan politics like the burying of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, in Gulu town.

In 16 April 2014, senior opposition politicians who demanded a parliamentary investigation of Kayihura over alleged involvement in the politics of the ruling National Resistance Movement.

They based their demand on leaked spy recordings that Kayihura made of Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline to the benefit of President Museveni.

In April, 2011, The London Evening Post, faulted Kayihura for overseeing the most “cruel and brutal” police force following the mistreatment of Besigye’s walk-to-work protests against hiked food and sugar prices.

In October, 2014, during a lecture at Makerere University, Kayihura was quoted saying President Museveni should not leave power.

In August 2015, Kayihura told police to stop using teargas and bullets to control crowd violence but opt for other means of crowd control-which was interpreted as a sign of redemption.


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