General Edward Kale Kayihura has been approved by the Appointments Committee of Parliament for another three year new contract as the Inspector General of Police.
In a closed door session chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Kayihura was grilled for over two hours until they finally agreed to grant his new three year contract that was granted by President Museveni.
Recently, President Museveni renewed Gen Kayihura’s contract a move that stopped a wave of speculation that he was likely to drop him after widespread crime across the country.
Other members of the committee who vetted General Kayihura included; Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Winfred Kiiza among others.
According to sources that attended the vetting exercise, some members of Opposition tried to block Gen Kayihura’s appointment but the majority National Resistance Movement members took the day after voting.
Moments after his vetting exercise, Kayihura told journalists that legislators raised pertinent questions on the performance of the Uganda police force.
He hinged on a 2015 report by the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) which siad that police had greatly improved over the years. He however acknowledged incidences of brutality and violations.
The police chief however declined to unveil his plans for the new term, saying that this would be presumptuous. But he hastens to add that he has over the years concentrated his effort on improving the image of the Force, capacity building of officers to fight terrorism, murder and theft, among other crimes.
The Committee is now required to write to the President informing him about their decision.
Gen. Kayihura has been police chief since 2005 after taking over from Gen. Katumba Wamala which makes him Uganda’s longest serving police chief.