The former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura after tapping two influential UPDF generals; Maj Gen Sam Kavuma and Maj Gen James Mugira, to stand as sureties has been granted bail.
Gen Kayihura had listed 11 grounds that he filed before the court yesterday are; constitutional right to apply for bail, charged with bailable offenses, been in unlawful detention since June 13 and was only charged last Friday, has substantial sureties, he is of advanced age (62) and has never been charged or convicted of any criminal offence before.
And the General Court Martial, chaired by Lt Andrew Gutti, has placed restrictions on Kayihura to stay within Kampala and Wakiso. Has to report to court every first Monday of the month and has been banned from travelling abroad without court permission and army council.
Gen Kayihura was last Friday charged with two counts of failing to protect war materials and one count of aiding and abetting kidnapping [Rwandan refugees] from Uganda while serving as the police chief.
It is alleged that between 2010 and 2018, Gen Kayihura allowed issuance of arms and ammunitions to unauthorised persons, including Boda Boda 2010 head Abdullah Kitatta, who is also being tried by the court martial.
Gen Kayihura also allegedly failed to supervise and ensure accountability for arms and ammunitions issued to units referred to as specilised under his office. It is also alleged that the ex-IGP between 2012 and 2016, by omission and commission, aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others on various occasions, without hindrance to kidnap and illegally repatriate Rwandan exiles, refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda.
What law says: Section 122(1) of the UPDF Act provides that “a person subject to the military law who fails to protect war materials, misuses or sells them, commits an offence and on conviction, is liable to suffer death.”