The recent celebration of former Inspector of Police, Kale Kayihura, upon being cleared of charges has drawn criticism from the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.
Kyagulanyi believes that Kayihura should not be celebrating his freedom because many individuals lost their liberties and lives under his directives.
While acknowledging Kayihura’s release, Kyagulanyi sees it as a lesson for those in positions of power, emphasizing that no one should deprive others of their freedom.
He expressed his desire for everyone to enjoy their freedom without discrimination. Kyagulanyi finds it ironic that a person who oversaw the loss of freedom and lives of many others is now celebrating his own freedom.
He points out the contradiction in Kayihura celebrating his freedom when so many people suffered during his tenure.
Kyagulanyi also highlights the disparity in how individuals like former Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, convicted of multiple charges, have been pardoned by President Museveni, while opposition supporters continue to face unjust treatment.
Gen Kayihura was recently released by the military court after charges for serious offenses, including providing arms to unauthorized individuals such as Boda Boda 2010 members and aiding the kidnapping and repatriation of Rwandan exiles and refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda, were dropped.
He expressed gratitude to the court and those involved in his case upon his release.
Furthermore, Kayihura retired from active service in the UPDF, with his retirement being one of 11 generals officially announced on Thursday. He had served in the military for 41 years since 1982.