An interface between Uganda Police authorities and Parliament’s committee on Defence and Internal Affairs has been called off as members protested the doubtful absence of Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura.
The Uganda Police team led by Internal Affairs minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and Deputy Inspector General of Police Steven Ochola was bounced by angry legislators despite explanations that Gen. Kayihura was up country on duty. Committee members instead accused him of deliberately avoiding committee sessions.
They were scheduled to review the national budget framework paper detailing allocations to the department for the financial year 2014/2015.
Legislators argued that Police budgets and allocations cannot be discussed in the absence of the Inspector general of police. Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi added that most issues regarding receipts and expenditures under the Police force require clarity from the IGP.
Kivumbi who doubles as the Shadow Internal affairs minister cited a police request of UGX 13billion to repair two tractors, an expenditure of UGX 2.5 billion to quell each riot, and expenditure of UGX 12.5billion as noticeable queries that necessitate direct answers from the Inspector General of Police.
Also high on the agenda are the recent leaked tapes and Kayihura’s involvement in politics which members claim cannot be explained by a delegated official.
Muwanga Kivumbi added that Gen. Kayihura has successfully avoided recent meetings to which he was summoned by the Committee. He says because of his conspicuous absence, sessions concerning the police force have been adjourned.
Kapelebyong County MP Eriaku Peter noted that they need both the input of the political head and operations head in the Uganda Police Force and that they could not go ahead with committee proceedings without the Operations head in Uganda Police Force.
The Committee rescheduled the Uganda Police Force meeting for Wednesday this Week to give time for the Inspector General of Police to attend in person.