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Court summons Kayihura over denying police officer’s resignation

Gen Kayihura wipes his brow after making his handover speech at police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala

The assistant registrar of the High Court last week summoned Gen Kale Kayihura to file his defence against allegations against him that he deliberately blocked a police officer from actively participating in the 2016 General Election.

According to the writ issued Ms Joy Bahiguza, the former Inspector General of Police is required to file a written statement of his defence within 15 days from the date of service of summons.

“Should you fail to file a written statement of defence in the suit on or before the said date, the plaintiff may proceed with the suit and judgment maybe given in your absence,” reads part of the summons.

Deputy Assistant Inspector of Police Nelson Mungasa, who is currently the OC CID at Bugolobi  Police Station logged a suit in the High Court Civil Division saying Gen Kayihura refused to consider his application to resign  from the Force so that he could vie for the  Tingeyi County  MP position in Kapchorwa District in 2016.

Mungasa in his suit, contends that he wrote to the IGP through his then immediate supervisor at Jinja Road Police Station in Kampala , seeking to resign  from the Force in July 2016.

He accuses Gen Kayihura of usurping  the powers of  the police council when he solely rejected his application.

Mungasa adds that he took the matter to the line ministry of  Internal Affairs, who wrote to Kayihura asking him to re-consider his decision but the former police chief stood his ground and instead  accused Mungasa of committing an offense by  participating in politics before officially resigning from the police.

Kayihura then wrote to the NRM party electoral commission chairperson Tanga Odoi, stating that Mungasa had offended several sections of the police Act and that the resignation letter was just a cover up of his offences.

Mungasa asked that the High Court condemn his former boss’ conduct and declare that his action was unlawful and aimed at depriving him (Mungasa)  of his constitutional right to participate in the governance of his country.

He is also seeking damages from Kayihura for both financial loss  and psychological torture that he claims to have suffered.

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