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CONFIRMED: Museveni Forgives Kale Kayihura, Allows Him to Retire from Army (See List of Other Top Generals Retiring Soon)

Gen Kale Kayihura. Courtesy Photo
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Ugandan President and Commander in Chief (CiC) of the country’s armed forces, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, has allowed former Uganda Police Force (UPF) chief Gen Kale Kayihura to retired from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), the national army.

Gen Kayihura has been on katebe (political cold) after being fired by Gen Museveni in 2018. Kayihura, the longest serving Inspector General of Police (IGP), got in trouble after being sacked and replaced with his hitherto deputy Martins Okoth Ochola.

A few months after he was fired, Kayihura was arrested and charged, in the Military Court Martial, with failure to protect war materials. This charge was related to his decision to give notorious vigilante Abdallah Kitatta and other civilians who should not ordinarily be allowed to hold fire arms weapons which they reportedly misused to terrorize some people.

Gen Kayihura also faced charges of aiding and abetting the kidnapping as well as repatriating Rwandans to Kigali.

Now, in what looks like Museveni’s decision to forgive his former blue-eyed boy, the president has allowed Kayihura to retire from the army.

RO/00513 Gen Kayihura is one of the 11 general officers who will retire on August 31, 2023.

“H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces has approved the retirement of 110 General Officers and Senior Officers from the UPDF. 11 Generals and 99 Senior Officers from the rank of Major to Colonel,” UPDF Spokesperson announced on July 03.

S/NoARMY NoRANKNAME
1.RO/00513GENKALE KAYIHURA
2.RO/01567LT GENJAMES NAKIBUS LAKARA
3.RO/00072MAJ GENSAMUEL WASSWA MUTESASIRA
4.RO/01461MAJ GENJOSEPH AROCHA
5.RO/02000MAJ GENDAVID K WAKAALO
6.RO/01380BRIG GENAUSTINE KASATWOOKI KAMANYIRE
7.RO/01435BRIG GENSTEPHEN OLUKA
8.RO/02855BRIG GENFRANK KATENDE KYAMBADDE
9.RO/02909BRIG GENEMMANUEL KWIHANGANA
10.RO/07175BRIG GENWILSON MUHABUZI
11.RO/07698BRIG GENHAM ATWOKI KAIJA
List of retiring general and senior UPDF officers.

It should be remembered that several leaders from Kisoro, where Kayihura hails from, have been begging Museveni to forgive the general.

The issue of his pardon became one of the key talking points for the opposition during the 2021 presidential campaigns. (See Details Here)

Museveni’s son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has also previously asked his father to forgive Gen Kayihura. (See Details Here, There and Over There).

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