Police in Uganda has refuted reports that the embattled Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has been sacked from the position and instead sent to a diplomatic mission.
Early Saturday, there have been reports on social media that President Yoweri Museveni had appointed the embattled police boss Gen Kayihura Uganda’s permanent representative to United Nations and promoted Chief of Staff of the Land Forces in the UPDF Leopold Eric Kyanda to Maj Gen before appointing him the new IGP.
However, police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi dismissed the reports describing them as unfounded rumours.
“It not true at all. Those are just unfounded rumours,” Kaweesi is quoted to have said.
This comes just a day after Uganda’s deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma issued an interim order halting the prosecution of Gen Kayihura over torture charges at Makindye Magistrates Court.
Justice Kavuma yesterday issued the order following a petition filed by a private Kampala City lawyer Robert Lutalo, which sought to block the criminal trial of General Kayihura and 7 other senior police commanders.
Kayihura and the seven police commanders are accused of torturing supporters of former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.