By SOLOMON ARINAITWE & MOSES KYEYUNE.
President Museveni yesterday told Members of Parliament that jailed former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura side-stepped formal police structures and chose to work with wananchi (civilians), effectively crippling professionalism of the Force.
The MPs, who attended the closed-door meeting, said Mr Museveni also blamed Gen Kayihura for leaping to the defence of his juniors even when they had broken the law.
Sources said Mr Museveni was not directly asked about the plight of Gen Kayihura but he tackled the matter when responding to a question by Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko about the detention of Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze.
Mr Nsereko had asked why Ms Nambooze was still held by police even as her health deteriorated.
Mr Museveni responded that Ms Nambooze is free to travel to India for treatment but insisted she would have a case to answer upon her return.
The legislators said Mr Museveni spoke about Gen Kayihura in a guarded manner and did not mention the charges the former police boss is likely to face.
Some MPs, who had been given escorts at the height during the constitution amendment process, complained that the guards were either spying on them or had abandoned them.
Mr Museveni told the MPs that guards who abandon duty will be considered deserters.