KAMPALA – The Director-General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Col. Kaka Bagyenda, has dismissed reports that he influenced the US to issue sanctions against former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura.
Col Bagyenda’s ISO was not always on good terms with Gen Kayihura during the latter’s tenure as Inspector General of Police.
However, the ISO boss has said he was also saddened by the sanctions placed on Gen Kayihura.
“I have never had any conflict with Kayihura and I am one of those people who are very unhappy with the sanctions. Why would he think that I came all the way from Kalangala where I was on retirement before being appointed the head of ISO to plan for his downfall,” he said in an interview published by State-owned Sunday Vision.
Col Bagyenda said that shortly after his appointment, he often shared a lot of intelligence information with Gen Kayihura on some engagements but said the former police chief was sometimes not honest.
“I can tell you that the few times I interacted with Kayihura when I had just been appointed all went on well. I even shared some sensitive information with him and yet that was not meant for him. If he was only honest enough he would reveal a lot,” he is quoted as saying.
“At certain time I even felt that maybe the President had given too much attention to the army and forgotten about the Police,” he added.
The ISO boss noted that even the President was shocked that by the revelations that led to Gen Kayihura’s sacking as IGP. “I was not the only one who was shocked about him but President Yoweri Museveni who had appointed him IGP was even more shocked with the revelations about Kayihura,” Col Bagyenda is quoted as saying.
Gen Kayihura appeared at the military court in Kampala, Uganda, on 24 August 2018. was released on bail after 76 days in military custody on charges of failure to protect war materials and aiding and abetting kidnapping.