Friday, July 20, 2018

Detention without charges in Uganda

A Ugandan general is being held without charges. The government's spokesman claims he was unaware of a public interest case filed on the general's behalf in the High Court. Details here.
[Attorney] Deusdedit Bwengye has filed a public interest application in the high court of Uganda seeking court summons for the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), the Commanding Officer in charge Makindye Military Barracks, Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecution to show cause as to why [Gen. Kale] Kayihura should not be produced to court or released on bond.

Gen Kale Kayihura was arrested on June 13, and has since been detained at Makindye Military Barracks for over a month now. The army confirmed the former IGP [Inspector General of Police] was airlifted from his farm home in Kashagama, Lyantonde district to Defence General Headquarters Mbuya and eventually detained at Makindye. It was also confirmed that the former Police boss was being held for questioning over a matter which could not be readily divulged. Gen Kayihura's cause of arrest has remained a mystery to date.

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