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Donors withhold funding to police over Kayihura

Former IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura still in detention after his arrest on June 13. Donors have withdrawn funding following the incarceration of the General. (FILE PHOTO)

NAGURU – About three countries have withdrawn support to the Uganda Police Force following the incarceration of former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, PML Daily can exclusively report.

Gen Kayihura was at the end of February sacked as police chief before he was on June 13 arrested and detained for yet unspecified charges.

And now it has emerged that since he was sacked from the position, several countries that include Iran, Algeria, Russia and China have since withdrawn their funding from the Force.

Highly placed sources within police told this website that Gen Kayihura had personally lobbyied the countries to help the Uganda police to advance it’s skills in military intelligence through acquiring modern technology and help equip the police officers with training and other logistical support.

The sources alluded to Iran which helped build the Naguru Hospital on top of other training support to police.
In May 2015, Gen Kayihura signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) of India for cooperation in crime detection, including crime scene and cyber forensics.
Last year, pictures emerged of the former police chief at Adana University in Turkey where he also established contacts to help police.

Sources said through these contacts, Gen Kayihura created the impression among the donors that he was to succeed President Museveni and his incarceration has created pessimism.
“Actually most of the donors and other friends abroad knew he was the President in-waiting. So they were disappointed by his arrest and decided to halt any form of support to Uganda police,” the source said.

During his tenure, Gen Kayihura paid a lot of attention to technology in detection of crime, the reason he recruited Amos Ngabirano, an ICT director who was not a police man, and a director of crime intelligence, Atwooki Ndahura, who was an army officer. It is said he believed these would help drive his agenda of professionalising and automating intelligence gathering in the Force.

However, Ngabirano has since resigned from the job while Ndahura is currently in custody on charges of obstructing army work.

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