President Yoweri Museveni has praised the police chief Kale Kayihura despite the severe criticism from sections of society.
Museveni was on Monday attending the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda meeting at Ntare School in Mbarara.
A total of 400 mayors and town clerks were present.
“People were fighting Kale Kayihura but he has no problem,” Museveni said.
He noted that it was Kayihura who has stopped “fujjo” (chaos).
“Many foreigners ran away during elections because of the threats some people were issuing.”
Museveni said that was interfering with wealth creation but Kayihura managed to contain it.
Last week, Bugweri county member of parliament Abdu Katuntu said the police under Kayihura is far much better.
According to him, police is now more discipline and efficient than it was under General Katumba Wamala.
“Police is now pro- people, has a better CID facility, Kayihura has built a better fire brigade facility, among others,” said Katuntu.
However, the ugly side of Kayihura when he tries to pull police into politics.
This was after Kira municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju said Kayihura has replaced former prime minister Amama Mbabazi.
According to Ssemujju, Kayihura now wields as much power as Mbabazi used to wield.
Ssemujju’s argument was re-enforced by veteran journalist Angelo Izama who also said Kayihura, a lawyer by training now serves to please president Yoweri Museveni.
Government under the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is trying to centralise all the powers in one person, Museveni and they are using Kayihura to help them.
Speaking on Capital Gang, a radio talkshow aired on Capital FM every Saturday, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo said the government is solidly behind Kyihura.
“The claim that government has abandoned Kayihura is not true. Kayihura has done a lot as IGP and government supports him. In the view of government we think it should have been the attorney General to be sued and not Kayihura,” said Opondo.