I am not scared of ICC, says Kayihura
Posted Tuesday, August 19 2014 at 01:00
The Inspector General of Police has asked his detractors to go ahead and drag him to the Hague.
Kasese- The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has said he does not fear facing the International Criminal Court if the Opposition goes ahead to drag him to the Hague-based court.
Gen Kayihura, in an interview with this paper, said he was tired of his detractors and the Opposition using the ICC as a ‘scare crow’ to intimidate him.
He further advised those pushing him to face prosecution at ICC to do so if they have evidence as he is ready to challenge them.
“You see there were comments all over the place oh ICC oh ICC, they used it like a sword over my neck as though to threaten me and so I really got angry, go ahead if you think I have a case to answer I will defend myself and that is why I said,” Gen Kayihura said.
Outspoken Kyadondo East legislature Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, one of those who have long said Gen Kayihura should face the ICC, told this paper yesterday that the IGP shouldn’t be worried about ICC but rather should be answerable to Ugandans.
Gen Kayihura last month while passing out new community police trainees in Kisoro District said he was not afraid to defend himself.
In the second part of the exclusive interview with Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.
The military general tells Daily Monitor’s Richard Wanambwa why is not worried about threats to take him to the ICC.
The full interview
There are allegations that the Police force under your leadership is conflicting with other security agencies especially Internal Security Organisation and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence over deployment and resources?
But where is that coming from? We work very well. First of all police is the lead agency in internal security operations and that is why you find the Minister of Internal Affairs is the chairman of the National Security Committee on behalf of the President who is the chairman of the National Security Council. At operational level, the IGP is the chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee which includes all these agencies. Where is this conflict and who is saying there is conflict?
There are reports that much of the budget which used to fund activities of these security and intelligence agencies has been diverted to Police and these agencies are stuck without operational funds.
The budget of CMI is under the Ministry of Defence, the budget of security and intelligence services is under the Ministry of Security which is under President’s Office while the budget of police is under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. We are completely mutually exclusive in terms of budgeting. And I can tell you that I have not been given any preferential treatment and whatever extra resources we have got is because we were allowed to retain our non-tax revenue which we generate from fines, express penalty and whatever and again because of our ability to lobby for resources.
We have increased our numbers from 18,000 to over 40,000. So, the wage bill automatically has to go up and that is it. So where is the conflict? I have read this in newspapers and I actually don’t want to believe that the source of such information is these agencies because they know better. Maybe what they can blame me for is that the police force is now more effective than it has ever been in a longtime. For instance, the Anti Stock Theft Unit had been taken over by the army because the police was weak but I have since brought it back. When I came in, Kampala was being manned by the Military Intelligence that was present on streets because the police was not effective. But as police capacity is built, they are becoming less visible and if that is what I am being accused of, I plead guilty that I am making the police effective and I can tell you as long as I am in charge, I am going to make the police more effective. We all have our roles that are defined by the Constitution. If what I am being accused of is departing from what the Constitution mandates the Police to do, then I would understand.
What do you think is the basis of such reports?