By Watchdog reporter

President Museveni ordered Gen Kale Kayihura to attend slain social worker Kenneth Akena in bid to contain the tribal talk that had hit the airwaves at the opening of the week.

The president telephoned the police chief and told him that he had to attend the burial of the late in Kitgum to help dispel rumours that Matthew Kanyamunyu a key suspect in the death of Akena would get away with his crime, if he was connected with the shooting.

At the time, some Acholi politicians led by MP Odonga Otto were spitting fire, talking in tribal undertones.

There was word that Kanyamunyu killed Akena out of tribal arrogance and simply because he was a connected and privileged individual.

By attending the burial, Gen Kayihura wanted to assure the family and mourners that the government would not take sides and would bring the culprits to book.

“Police is going about its investigation professionally, seriously and with focus,” he said.

General Kayihura said the alleged killer Kanyamunyu is not connected and protected as it was alleged.

Kanyamunyu is a relative of Winnie Byanyima, wife to opposition honcho Kizza Besigye.