Biography of Who is General Kale Kayihura
Who is General Kale Kayihura: Biography, Education, Rise and Fall of former Inspector General of Police. Photo/Uganda Police

Edward Kalekezi Kayihura Muhwezi commonly known as Kale Kayihura by most people is a lawyer, military officer and a farmer who formerly served as IGP from 2005 until March 2018.

Kale Kayihura real names Edward Kalekezi Kayihura Muhwezi was born in Kisoro district on December 26, 1955. His father was a renowned Pan-Africanist Johnson Komuluyange Kalekezi and mother Catherine Mukarwamo.

His father died in a plane crash on August 17, 1960, in Kyiv, Ukraine, before Uganda attained her independence. Kayihura is married to Angella Kayihura and they have two children together.

His education life

Kayihura studied at Kagera primary school, Mutolere, Buhinga Primary in Fort Portal in Kabarole district. After completing primary school, he was admitted to Mutolere Senior Secondary School in Kisoro and later joined St Mary’s College, Kisubi in Wakiso district.

Kayihura joined Makerere University in 1976 to study law and obtained his Bachelor degree in Law (LLB) in 1979. He later, in 1978 proceeded to the London School of Economics from where he graduated with the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) in 1982.

His career

Following his graduation from the University of London, Kayihura joined the National Resistance Army, a rebel group by then to fight the Milton Obote II regime where he worked as an Aide de Camp to the Commander of the Mobile Brigade, from 1982 up to 1986.

Kayihura also worked as a Staff Officer in the Office of the Assistant Minister of Defence, from 1986 to 1988.

He’s played other roles including working as a Chief Political Commissar and simultaneous Director of Political Education in the National Resistance Army and as an Operational Commander of the UPDF forces in Ituri Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

These among other roles prompted the President to elect him to the position of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force replacing Gen Katumba Wamala. Kayihura served in this position from 2005 until last year in 2018 when he was replaced with Martin Okoth Ochola in an unexpected reshuffle which also saw the Minister for security replaced.

On 4 March 2018, President Yoweri Museveni elevated Martin Okoth Ochola, previously the deputy police chief, to the Inspector General of Police role on the same day General Elly Tumwine replaced Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde as Security Minister.

Following his demotion, Kale Kayihura appeared at the military court on 24 August 2018 on charges of failure to protect war materials and aiding and abetting kidnapping but was later let free on bail after 76 days in military custody.

Biography of Who is General Kale Kayihura on us sanctions
Kayihura was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for gross violation of Human rights

US Sanctions

On 13 September 2019, Kayihura was sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for gross violation of Human rights when he was head of the Uganda Police Force (UPF).

According to the USA, Kayihura involved himself in instructing the Flying Squad Unit to torture Ugandans in various places including Nalufenya Special Investigations Center (NSIC) in Jinja, Eastern Uganda.

As a result USA says that all property and interests in property of Kayihura, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by him alone or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to Office of Foreign Assets Control.

By John Dalton Kigozi