Otafiire: God Punished Kayihura for Me

Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, the justice and constitution affairs minister, has said he celebrated the sacking and woes of former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura.

Otafiire told mourners at the funeral of murdered Mutara sub county chairman Jackson Kaginda in Mitooma district that he had prayed for Kayihura’s sacking.

A former Ruhinda County MP, Otafiire claimed Kayihura had refused to enlist Kaginda’s son in the police.

According to Otafiire, Kayihura had agreed to conscript three youths from Mitooma in the police. Kaginda’s son was one of these.

“I the former police chief [Kayihura], when he was still in office, and gave him the three names to be enlisted into police,” narrated Otafiire.

“He accepted. I was shocked that when the list was released, the three people did not feature anywhere.”

Angry, Otafiire told the then Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayihura: “God will reward you for doing this to me”.

“I just kept quiet and prayed. God paid him for me,” said Otafiire, exuding a glee feeling.  .

At the start of March 2018, President Museveni dropped Kayihura as police chief, 11 years after he first appointed him to the position.

Kayihura’s hitherto deputy Martins Okoth Ochola replaced the longest serving police chief, who would later be detained for failure to protect war materials and for aiding kidnap of Rwandans.


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Minister Otafiire said Kaginda was “a friend who always told me the truth”.

“Kaginda was very good and true friend,” Otafiire told mourners.

“He sometimes would abuse me, when I erred.”

The former MP pledged support for the late Kaginda’s family.

To take forward Kaginda’s programmes, Otafiire said he would ensure that Mutara became a town council as the slain sub county chairman had always pushed for.

Unknown assailants killed Kaginda in Ryanshana, Kashenyi ward of Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality Sunday night.

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