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Confusion as Kayihura Postpones Return Amidst Sickness Rumours


Uganda’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura did not return in the country on Wednesday as earlier expected, causing more suspicion on the state of his health.

According to travel arrangements, Kayihura was expected to land at Entebbe International Airport later on Wednesday but he did not show up.

He has now spent 10 days out of the country and his deputy, Okoth Ochola, has been in charge warning police officers against arresting people under the idle and disorderly law, and also reminding officers they are responsible for the payment of court damages in cases they get involved in.

Kayihura’s return was expected to either confirm or put an end to rumours of an ailing police chief as tabloids have claimed since the end of last week after he missed out on three national events of State of the Nation Address, Budget reading and Heroes Day.

On Monday Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye termed tabloid reports ‘fake news’ and told the press his boss was in Turkey on official duties.

Later on Wednesday, some media outlets claimed Kayihura had returned.

But Police quickly rubbished the reports.

Asked about the IGP’s health by on Twitter, Kasingye tweeted: “He [Kayihura] is fine.”



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