The Minister for internal affairs Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire is again in the spotlight over a heavy debt burden that has implored him to hide from renowned ex high court judge Prof. George Kanyeihamba.
According to the ex principal judge Kanyeihamba, Otafiire has been hiding for close to 5 years over a UGX 2 billion debt he owes him. A visibly elderly and weak Kanyeihamba says he has spent close to 5 years trying to reach to Otafiire to remind him about the debt.
“He has been hiding from me for 5 years now. Whenever I call his phone be doesn’t pick up if he sees it’s my number calling,” Kanyeihamba told journalists who had last week accompanied him to the internal affairs ministry offices along Jinja road. “If I use another number to call him, he tells me he is in a cabinet meeting and hangs up. I want my money back. I did for him too much legal services while he was justice minister,” adds a teary Kanyeihamba.
Last week, the elderly Kanyeihamba had tried to pitch camp at the internal affairs ministry but Otafiire’s bodyguards disabled him from reaching to him. They instead kept him and journalists who had accompanied him inside their respective vehicles under the hot sun for a full day.
In a statement to the media Minister Otafiire acknowledged that he indeed has a debt burden of Kanyeihamba but added that he had cleared it for as far as he remembers. He says Kanyeihamba is elderly and sickly with a dementia problem and therefore it is wrong for media to put him in the news.
“The man is sick and forgetful,” Otafiire said in a phone call. “Leave the man to rest. Leave him alone,” he added. When asked about the debts, an angry Otafiire said, “Don’t call my phone again you nincompoop. I told you the man is sick. Leave him alone,” he added and hang up.
An unrelenting Kanyeihamba says he is to change strategy and pitch camp at state house Entebbe to present the matter to president Museveni so he can compel his minister to repay the debt. “I am going to state house this week,” Kanyeihamba swore. “I will park at the main gate. I will not leave till I report the matter to Museveni,” he adds.