Opposition leader Kizza Besigye calls sacked IGP Kayihura a “schemer who allowed to be used”

Former presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has spoken out on the sacking of his nemesis and political tormentor Kale Kayihura calling him a schemer who allowed to be used by the regime

Besigye has on several occasions pointed fingers at former IGP Kale Kayihura for engineering and curtailing his political processes using the shield of Uganda Police Force.

Kizza Besigye described Kale Kayihura as a schemer who does things not in line with his values and who continuously allows himself to be used in a manner that projects him in a terrible way.

“As a human being, Kayihura is a fine fellow. I have known him for a long time. He is in many ways like Mayombo. Good people who offer themselves to be used in a manner that projects them as terrible creatures. Kayihura is a very intelligent man. His actions are not without his mind. These leaders are schemers, people who do things not in line with their values and that is the unfortunate thing as far as I'm concerned,” he said.

Kale Kayihura and Dr. Kizza Beisgye have been at loggerheads ever since he become the chief of police – he labelled the opposition figure as his biggest nightmare during his 12-year tenure at the helm of the police.

The four time presidential candidate says the problems within the police force are not the reasons why Kale Kayihura was sacked since he had been reappointed last year and approved by Parliament for another term in office – he attributes his sacking to the restrained Uganda and Rwanda relations.

“Mr Museveni and Paul Kagame have had restrained relations… Don't suppose it's the problems in the police that have caused this change. You mean Mr. Museveni didn't know the problems in the police? If he didn't know, then has failed in his duties. I don't think it's the goons of Kitatta and others that have brought down Kayihura -- a lot has to do with the other rivalry (Uganda-Rwanda relations),” Besigye says.

He says President Museveni is just recruiting military officers to head the police force because he is looking for people loyal to him. However, Besigye has opened gates to work with the police if they want to change.

“The training and mission of the police and military are totally different so why then do you have to recruit military personnel to head the police force. Museveni is looking for people loyal to him and nothing else...I don't expect any change, I don't expect my rights to be respected. I know even now if I went downtown, I would be taken to Nagalama; this is just a change of guards...If Police wants to change and become a people's police, we shall welcome them after all we are a people's government,” he said.

The former presidential candidate reiterated his for change and urged people to have some decency to say no to the regime.

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