Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has advised police chief Kale Kayihura to go to court and prove his innocence.
“IGP Kale Kayihura didn’t act in his personal capacity but in his capacity as IGP but if all of us are to take our supporters to court, this would be a jungle,” Otafiire said while appearing on NBS TV’s new political programme dubbed “NBS Frontline”.
“We must observe rule of law. We should all go to court to prove our innocence. We are innocent until proven guilty. This hooliganism is unacceptable,” Otafiire continued.
He said with or without permission, nobody should demonstrate outside a court unlike what pro-Kayihura demonstrators did at Makindye Chief Magistrates Court in the face of police.
According to Otafiire, the IGP is under an obligation to answer court summons.
“There is no excuse. But there are reports he wasn’t served.”
He, however, said it was possible that Gen Kayihura wasn’t served.
“He is a lawyer. The Kayihura I know would not snub court summons. If indeed there is evidence Gen. Kayihura was served, then it is unfortunate that he snubbed summons.”
Otafiire maintained that there is no way Uganda government organised people to go and protest against someone obeying summons.
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said police confirmed Kayihura was never summoned and that his office never received the summons.
“As per the police statement, the lawyers summoned Mr Kayihura in the media. That is their side of the story. I don’t want to believe that Kale Kayihura the way I know him can behave with impunity,” Opondo who was appearing on the same programme said.