UGANDA: Internal Security Organisation rejects Police Chief Kayihura ban on information sharing
KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) director general has dismissed as ‘laughable’ police chief Kale Kayihura’s directive banning police officers from sharing information with sister security agencies.
In an internal memo issued on Wednesday, Gen Kayihura threatened to prosecute any police officer who gives information to any other security agency without his authorisation.
Gen Kayihura said he had established that some police officers were sharing information with other security agencies without authorisation and this contravenes the police code of conduct and secrecy laws. But ISO chief Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka dismissed the ban, saying he does not want to even believe that his counterpart issued such a directive. He insisted security agencies must cooperate in order to protect citizens.
The police’s sister security agencies include ISO and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), an investigative arm of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
But police spokesperson Emilian Kayima yesterday said Gen Kayihura’s order was only a reminder to all police officers to behave and communicate when authorised.
“Basically, it’s a reminder to ensure discipline among us all disciplined forces, particularly the Uganda Police Force,” Mr Kayima said.
In Gen Kayihura’s memo, he indicated that police officers conspire on their own or are summoned by sister security agencies and divulge information without official authority. Gen Kayihura added that such conduct undermines the authority of the police administration and contravenes the police disciplinary code of conduct, the official oath and oath of secrecy.
Asked on whether ISO has ever secretly interrogated police officers, Col Kaka said he had no reason for secretly interrogating police officers because his directorate and police are not in competition.
“How can I secretly summon police officers? What would be the interest? We don’t work in competition; it’s one government we’re serving. We are supposed to deliver this product called security together,” Col Kaka said.
UPDF speaks out
Army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said Gen Kayihura’s directive was in exercise of his supervisory role because he is entitled to guide his officers since every institution has its own standards of operation.