Andrew Mwenda: Museveni, NRM Will Soon Miss Kayihura
Andrew Mwenda on Kayihura Sacking
Over a week ago, Museveni sacked Kayihura and security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.
Kayihura had served as police chief for over a decade, and was Uganda’s longest-serving Inspector General of Police (IGP).
ANDREW MWENDA ON KAYIHURA SACKING
In a piece in his The Independent magazine, Mwenda dwells on the role of Kayihura in politics, and even argues now is the best time for the opposition to have a field day.
“Kayihura infiltrated opposition strongholds, cajoled and bribed their leaders to either change side or become his informers,” writes Andrew Mwenda.
“No protest could take place without Kayihura’s knowledge. Indeed, most of them of them were nipped in the bud.”
Mwenda further argues that “Kampala is peaceful because Kayihura understood its political dynamics”.
ANDREW MWENDA: MUSEVENI CREATED A VACUUM BY FIRING KAYIHURA
“Firing him has left a vacuum,” further writes Mwenda.
“If the opposition were smart, this is the time to challenge the system. Of course the state would deploy its military apparatus to contain the protest.”
Mwenda further argues that “it is unlikely they have political networks needed to infiltrate and demobilize protest before they occur… because the political infrastructure Kayihura had built has been systematically disbanded in the struggle to get rid of him”.
He admits “another security agency can rebuild this infrastructure…but it would take time to do so”.
“NRM will soon realize Kayihura’s value.”
Andrew Mwenda agrees with opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye that Kayihura was fired over Kagame-Museveni relations.
Mwenda is known to strategize for both Kigali and Kampala.