Uganda’s high court asked to free Gen Kale Kayihura


A law student at Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara namely Deusdedit Bwengye has accused Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Attorney General (AG) and the Makindye barracks commander to the High Court over the continued detention of former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura without trial.

“Since his arrest on 13th June 2018 to date, he has never been charged with any offense in any court or Court Martial nor released by the military on any temporary terms to his grave detriment” the court petition reads in part

“Gen. Kayihura has been restrained in a military custody or house for thirty days without any charge in violation of Article 23 (4) of the Constitution” petition adds

The fourth year student said he is lodging this application as a public interest applicant.

Bwengye argued that the summoned officers should explain why Kayihura should not be set free since there are no charges being slapped against him.

“Summons be issued and directed against the respondents to show why the subject (Gen. Kale Kayihura) should not be released forthwith. The respondents (CDF, in-charge of Makindye military barracks, DPP and AG), do produce the subject of this application (Gen. Kayihura) before this court or the Court Martial,” the suit adds.

Gen Kayihura was in June put under detention at Makindye Military Barracks in Kampala. The military later issued a statement, saying it was “questioning” the former presidential military assistant. It was anticipated that Kayihura would after a few days be taken to the Court Martial for prosecution. However, it has not happened.

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