Ugandan military court grants ex-police chief bail

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Uganda’s former police chief General Kale Kayihura has been released on bail by a military court in the capital, Kampala.

General Kayihura, who has been in detention since June, was charged last week with aiding the illegal repatriation of Rwandan refugees and exiles from Uganda.

His family and friends broke out in celebrations when the court announced he had been granted bail.

Denied all the charges
His lawyers had wanted permission for him to get medical treatment abroad, but his movements have been restricted to Kampala and the neighbouring district of Wakiso.

The once-powerful army general ran Uganda’s police force for 13 years, until he was fired in March.

During his time in charge, the force became infamous for brutally clamping down on rights groups and the opposition.

He also faces charges of failing to protect arms and ammunition during his time as police chief. The army accuses him of illegally issuing out guns to vigilante groups and failing to account for arms and equipment issued out to the different police units.

The 62-year-old has denied all the charges. Some suspect that political motives lie behind his downfall.

 

BBC/Emmanuel Ukoh