The Internal Affairs Minister Gen.Jeje Odongo has said the arrest of former Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura and a number of senior police commanders was for a reason.
The army over a week ago arrested Gen. Kayihura from his country home in Kashagama, Lyantonde before being airlifted to Kampala for what was termed as ‘questioning’ over some issues.
In the following days, a military operation would lead to arrest of a number of senior police and army officers believed to be close friends to the former police chief.
Among those arrested included the former cyber-crime head Richard Ndaboine, former crime intelligence director Col Ndahura Atwooki, the former Flying Squad commander Herbert Muhangi, former Professional Standards Unit Commander Good Mwesigwa and Lt Col Peter Musherure, the former deputy police director of crime intelligence among others.
The police has since then never come out with a statement about the arrest of their men by the military.
However, responding a question from journalists about the arrest of some of the men who are directly under his docket as the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje admitted there is a reason for the arrests.
“It would be funny to come to your house and pick you without any problem,” the minister said.
“The fact that police officers have been picked shows there is a prema facie case against them.”
In common law, prima facie denotes evidence that, unless rebutted, would be sufficient to prove a particular proposition or fact.
The minister was however quick to add that he could not add more onto it asking that divulging more information would jeopardize the situation.
Since the arrest of senior army and police officers a few weeks ago, reports have pointed out to a number of charges to be preferred against them, including among others espionage, organized crime and kidnap.
The army spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire recently said that Gen.Kayihura who is detained at the Makindye military barracks is being questioned on a number of issues that he could not mention.
President Museveni last year said the police force was infiltrated with criminals, before asking the then Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura to clean ‘his house’.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website