European Union ambassador Kristian Schmidt was forced to grill the Inspector General of police, Kale Kayihura, over alleged partisan remarks made in Kapchorwa.
“We shall not hand over power to the opposition to destabilize the peace which we fought for,” Kayihura said while passing out crime preventers in eastern Kapchorwa district.
Shocked by a police officer engaging in partisan politics, EU ambassador to Uganda asked Kayihura on his official twitter handle: “General, I respectfully ask: Were you quoted correctly in today’s Observer?”
The ambassador then met Kayihura and deliberated on the matter.
“Had pleasant talk with Gen Kayihura @AskIGP – says quoted out of context; Uganda “not preparing for war”, and CP = neighbourhood watch only,” Kristian tweeted.
The police chief had also vowed to arm crime preventers so they can prepare for war after elections.
“We are going to change you from having sticks to rifles and get ready to defend this country in case of any attack.”
According to Uganda Radio Network, even the director Interpol and international relations, Asan Kasingye, said Kayihura had denied the remarks.
“We wanted to bring this clearly and say whoever does this at this point in time, we don’t know the reason why it is being said, the inspector general of police is clean. I think his track record doesn’t need to be, he has this country at heart, he has steadily talked about crime prevention and community policing as the best way of making sure we fight crime in this country,” URN quotes Kasingye telling press.
The police so far has 11 million crime preventers that have been trained and is targeting 45 million by 2021.
Kasingye says Kayihura meant that crime preventers will be equipped at a later date once they have been recruited into the police force.
Police in a statement issued yesterday said the IGP “did not use the words by the journalists to meet his communication needs”.
It added: “The journalists intended to provoke publicity and generate controversy by portraying the IGP in bad faith as an officer who does not uphold and observe rule of law.”
Meanwhile, Kristian says EU ambassadors met Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, presidential candidates Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye to urge restraint and reduce tensions before elections.