Embattled Uganda’s former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura is in Nairobi for specialized treatment under tight security from his government, Nairobi News understands.
Media reports in Kampala indicate the 62-year-old has been admitted at Nairobi Hospital since September 5.
General Kayihura is understood to have undergone several tests after complaining of injuries he suffered during his two-month detention by the State at a military barracks in Kampala.
Kayihura, who served as the country’s IGP for 12-years, is reportedly accompanied on this medical trip to the Kenyan capital by one Brigadier Musinguzi, the Chief of Medical Services of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, who is on a mission to ‘take care of him’.
Besides the ailment, Kayihura – who attracted controversial headlines during his tenure when police officers were repeatedly captured torturing citizens and opposition leaders in public – is currently battling security-related charges including misuse of firearms at a Kampala Military court and is out on bail.
His lawyers asked the court to allow him temporary freedom so as to seek specialized medical care and also ‘touch his wife’. He faces the death row if found guilty.
And in a related development, Kayihura’s family says he is concerned about his security, especially in the wake of last weekend’s murder of Police Constable Mohammed Kirumira.
A known fierce critic of Kayihura, Kirumira was gunned down alongside a female companion in his car near Kampala over the weekend by unknown people who are yet to be arrested.
“The former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura lives in fear for his life following the assassination of high profile figures in society,” his family said in a statement.