Another scandal is raging in police corridors involving the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, and his close associates.
According to a whistleblower’s letter to The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja, it is alleged that the police ICT director received at least Shs 450m to buy and install a security device called a bomb jammer into Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s vehicle.
This followed an alleged plot to assassinate her when in February 2014, Kadaga’s office attendant, Herman Kaboggoza, received a letter bomb that exploded and left him with facial injuries.
Then Internal Affairs State Minister, James Baba, told Parliament that the allegations of a letter bomb were not true saying that the letter did not contain any explosive materials after laboratory analysis by counter terrorism unit.
According to the whistleblower, intelligence made Kadaga believe her life was in danger hence the need to purchase equipment to protect her.
The IGG, Ms Irene Mulyagonja, has confirmed to Sunday Monitor, that she received the petition but said she had not decided whether to open investigations into the matter.
“No decision has been taken. But I can say that we received that information on Wednesday and we are yet to decide whether to investigate the matter or not,” she told the newspaper.
On November 26, 2012, Kadaga chaired a meeting in which she approved the purchase of something called ICT Detection Kit.
The Speaker was acting on a letter from Amos Ngabirano, the ICT director in police.
In his letter, Ngabirano had alerted the Speaker about threats to her life from bombs and explosives hence the urgent need for the ICT Detection Kit.
Kayihura and Ngabirano (also reportedly his nephew) together calculated the cost which came to Shs 450m.
The money was wired to the classified police account in Bank of Uganda.
According to the whistleblower,“…it was withdrawn by the police undersecretary, Rogers Muhirwa and taken to Naguru police headquarters in the IGP’s office where it was shared between IGP (Kayihura), Director ICT (Ngabirano) and US/Police Mr Muhirwa”.
The letter says Ngabirano is the “Deal Master” and has been involved in procuring boats, helicopters, fire trucks/equipment, the black SWAT truck…”for his boss and maternal uncle the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura”.
While Ngabirano claims the security equipment was procured and installed, the whistleblower told the IGG there is no such equipment called ICT Detection Kit that exists.
“Therefore, this was a hoax to defraud the Rt Hon Speaker. Nothing was bought,” the whistleblower states.
Ngabirano further denies the idea that his colleague withdrew the money from the police’s classified account, saying he has no powers to withdraw such money from a classified account.
The Clerk of Parliament, Ms Jane Kibirige, confirmed the money was wired to the police classified bank account.
Kayihura “threatens” IGG
Another unverified report claims that when Kayihura realised things had gone that far, he called up the IGG and threatened her not to dare follow up the matter.
He allegedly told her it was “a sensitive matter of national security” hence no need for her to interfere.
We cannot independently verify the alleged threat to the IGG.