By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa has finally relented on his anger against former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura, who has since forgiven all his trespasses.
President Museveni, who is also the National Resistnce Movement (NRM) presidential candidate, on Monday announced while in Kisoro District where he had gone to meet NRM leaders, that he had finally decided to forgive Kayihura.
Museveni’s remarks came a few weeks after his closest rival, National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine campaigned in the South western District, where he used his past close relationship with Gen. Kayihura to de-campaign Museveni in Kisoro.
So during his meeting with NRM leaders on Monday, Museveni decided to pardon Kayihura after several party stalwarts pleaded with him to forgive the former IGP, who has since resorted to rearing goats as his fulltime occupation.
Among the NRM leaders who pleaded on behalf of Kayihura was the Kisoro District LC 5 chairperson Abel Bigirimana, who knelt on his knees and beseeched president Museveni to forgive Kayihura, saying that he deserves to regain his freedom just like Henry Tumukunde did.
Bigirimana, who was quickly followed by several other Bafumbira, told Museveni that Kayihura is one of the most prominent sons of Kisoro and that he deserves to either be forgiven or charged in court instead of continuously being denied freedom and left to rot on ‘Katebe’, while Tumukunde, who was fired together with him, freely walks around the country.
He also assured Museveni that unless Kayihura is forgiven, he (Museveni) should forget about the Bafumbira support, noting that even if he is found guilty, the President has the power to forgive him the same way he forgave former Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) government security minister Chris Rwakasisi.
In consent to their pleas, Museveni, during his speech, said he will talk to the UPDF high command about Kayihura’s issue.
About other issues affecting the border district Kisoro District, woman Member of Parliament Rose Kabagyenyi asked the president to try as much as possible to have the Rwanda -Uganda boarder point at Cyanika opened so as to boost business in the district.