Kayihura who has been the head of Uganda Police Force since 2005 was replaced with Okoth Ochola, an appointment that brings the career Police Officer in control of the force, after almost 17 years. The last career officer to hold the position of IGP was John Kisembo who was replaced by General Edward Katumba Wamala in April 2001.
This is the second time Kayihura is interfacing with Kadaga ahead of the much-anticipated debate on the controversial Age Limit Bill that seeks to among others, to lift the cap on the presidential age from the constitution.
Police Chief Kale Kayihura is meeting a group of legislators led by defence committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba. But Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs Muwanga Kivumbi says the meeting which is taking place at Lake Victoria Serena, Kigo is a very unusual arrangement.
Jackson Baryampika, the Kitgum District Police Commander says during his visit, Kayihura will hold a meeting with district officials and security personnel before visiting the home of the last murder victim in Ayul, a suburb of Kitgum Municipality.
Crime Preventers are a volunteer force of civilians recruited and managed by the Uganda Police to report on and prevent crime in cooperation with the police and communities. However, their legitimacy and role has in the recent past been questioned owing to their affiliation to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM.
Kayihura said that Police has got information that the leaders of two groups citing the NRM poor Youth and the Kampala Youth Rescue Mission are behind plans to organise illegal activities in the city and suburbs aimed at disrupting normal business and specifically targeting the NRM Monday conference.
The Uganda Police team led by Internal Affairs minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and Deputy Inspector General of Police Steven Ochola was bounced by angry legislators despite explanations that Gen. Kayihura was up country on duty. Committee members instead accused him of deliberately avoiding committee sessions.