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SHUNNED BY M7, KAYIHURA APPLIES FOR JOB SEEKING TO BECOME HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

By Mulengera Reporters

In his heydays, Gen Edward Kale Kayihura (the ex-IGP) was simply one of the most powerful and most feared Generals in Museveni’s Uganda. He powerfully served as IGP from 2005 up to 2018 when Gen Museveni acrimoniously relieved him of his duties. As IGP, Kayihura (who ex-PM Amama Mbabazi’s wife famously described as Afande teargas to depict the brutality with which his men acted against innocent citizens) controlled billions in classified expenditure and many believe he is the man who secured Gen Museveni’s reelection in 2006, 2011 and 2016.

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He also did a lot to annihilate protestors that threatened his master’s grip on power through protests like Walk to Work, Kayunga riots and others. With a grateful Gen Museveni praising him at every opportunity, Kayihura became the effective power broker everybody went to especially those seeking audience with the H.E. to lobby for all manner of appointment. Even men who were merely associated to him (through osmosis) became powerful overnight Boda Boda 2010’s Abdul Kitata being a very good example. Kayihura was the man Gen Museveni relied upon to pacify all manner of situations not just in Kampala but in the whole country if not the whole of Great Lakes region.

Now all that is clearly history as the man, who remains indicted in the General Court Martial, has clearly fallen on hard times. Only hours after the President’s son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba publicly defended him while imploring his father to consider pardoning and rehabilitating him, information has emerged that Gen Kayihura (fatally crippled by the US sanctions) has lately been restless trying to find for himself something to do in order to be able to make ends meet and provide for his family. He recently applied to Law Council seeking to be authorized to practice law in Kampala as a private lawyer. And sources close to him say that the man from Kisoro is intending to practice human rights law so that he defends the victims of torture and other abuses of human rights. Indeed his name is among the 21 applicants that the Law Council (which authorizes lawyers in such circumstances) considered during its meeting of 10th November 2021.

He has a maters’ degree in law and it remains to be seen how successful his legal practice is going to be bearing in mind that he one time described himself as a lawyer a “rusty memory” of the law having studied without ever practicing it anywhere. Along with Jim Muhwezi, Kayihura escaped to join the NRM rebels (through his mentor Prof Yusuf Lule in London) immediately after completing his studies at the LDC where he completed his Bar Course.

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It’s on record that, being one who naturally despises material things, Kayihura never used the IGP office and the clout that came with it for self-aggrandizement and such he isn’t known to own much or for being stinking rich beyond the modest farm he owns in Kashagama near Lyantonde where he has been living most of the time since his knifing in 2018. He has a huge banana plantation but he is stuck with a huge harvest because all the export markets he had crafted have since been crippled by the US sanctions. All this combines to explain why the elderly Kayihura (who doesn’t meet General Museveni anymore) has reason to find something to do in order to make ends meet. But there are some pundits who say this enrolling to practice law could be a ploy aimed to eventually justify his eligibility for appointment as a judge of either High Court or even Court of Appeal. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

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