President Kaguta Museveni has just made an official announcement on his verified Twitter account stating that he has fired Kale Kayihura from his position as Inspector General of Police and Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde from Security Minister.
According to Museveni’s tweet, he has appointed Gen Elly Tumwine as the Security Minister and Mr. Okoth Ochola as the Inspector-General of Police respectively.
President Museveni’s tweet as seen below read;
In exercise of powers granted to me by the Constitution, I have appointed Gen Elly Tumwine as the Security Minister. I have also appointed Mr Okoth Ochola as the Inspector-General of Police. He will be deputised by Brig Sabiiti Muzeei
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) March 4, 2018
Henry Tumukunde and Kayihura have been at each other’s necks for a while now regarding several unresolved cases between the two and probably this is why the president reshuffled both of them.
General Edward Kalekezi Kayihura, more commonly known as Kale Kayihura, is a Ugandan lawyer, military officer and policeman and has been the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government.
According to an article by the Observer, the relationship between Kayihura and Tumukunde was no secret. Closed meetings held by the president were made earlier before to discuss the inner political wrangles between the two.
During these meetings, Museveni was reportedly interested in knowing why Security minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, and Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura continued to fight in public which undermined the national security.
After the previous political drama that has rocked the country for weeks with reports tying Kayihura to Kitatta’s kifesi group that has been believed to be behind several killings across the country. This sudden reshuffle isn’t a surprise to some.
General Elly Tumwine, who has been appointed as the new Security Minister is an Ugandan military officer, professional artist, and educator. He served as Commander of the National Resistance Army from 1984 to 1987. He is one of the highest-ranking members of the Ugandan military and is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing the Uganda People’s Defense Force.
Okoth Ochola, who has been Kayihura’s deputy is now the new IGP meanwhile Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei has been appointed the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project and a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.