Kayihura was approved by the appointments committee for a fourth term despite a call from the opposition in House not to.
The opposition through the shadow Minister for Internal Affairs Muwanga Kivumbi previously called upon parliament to block Kayihura’s re-appointment alleging that his re-appointment would be an extension of a period of human rights abuses.
Kayihura was grilled for over two and half hours by MPs in the appointments committee which was chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah in attendance.
Kayihura appeared before the committe dressed in a navy blue suit with a combination of grey and light blue shirt plus a navy blue dotted tie. A happy Kayihura, while speaking to journalists after he had been approved, said he hopes his new tenure will proceed very well.
Kayihura denied being partisan, as alleged by the opposition accusing those who tried to block his re-appointment to be the criminals he has been fighting pledging to work closely with all Ugandans without discrimination.
He promised to concentrate on improving on the housing and accommodation for police officers.
Kayihura also vowed to fight indiscipline within the police force, domestic violence, defilement and others.
President Museveni recently renewed Kayihura’s contract as the Inspector General of Police and his name forwarded to Parliament for vetting. He is a lawyer, soldier, and farmer.
Kayihura at the rank of Major General in the army has been at the helm of the Police force in Uganda since 2005 when he replaced General Edward Katumba Wamala as the Police chief.
He is still an active member of the Uganda’s military and was previously the head of the country’s Revenue Protection Services as well as a senior commander during the Congo civil war.