Members of Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG) and Human Rights Network (HURINET) have called for the resignation, arrest and prosecution of Uganda Ambassador to Burundi, Rt. Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza.
Addressing journalists at CCG offices in Kampala on Monday, activists stated that all citizens irrespective of their statuses are accountable to law.
“The concept of the rule of law is the principle that all people and all institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced,” said Patrick Tumwiine of HURINET.
According to the HURINET boss, Kyaligonza should submit to the same laws and any transgression should be penalized.
“The rule of law demands that all individuals groups or government must submit to, obey and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary actions by an individual or group. Retired general Kyaligonza should resign, be arrested and charged,” added Tumwiine.
Meanwhile the CCG Director, Sarah Bireete at the same press conference, also attended by the daughter traffic police officer assaulted by Kyaligonza and his men on Sunday, said the actions of the retired general do not reflect the big titles he is holding.
“The person involved in the assaulting of a public officer in the course of her duties is non-other than a member of the NRM’s highest ruling organ- the Central Executive Committee and Ambassador. His conduct is contrary to the conduct expected of persons occupying top leadership offices in the country,” said Ms. Bireete.
Police have already stated that they are going to summon the retired general through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“As a matter of protocol, the team will through the police leadership cause for the summoning of H.E. The Ambassador Major General (rtd) Matayo Kyaligonza, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on probable charges of assault and wrongful obstruction of an officer on duty,” said a statement released on Monday morning.
Bodyguards of Kyalogonza have been arrested by the Military Police for assaulting Sgt. Esther Namaganda around Seeta in Mukono district.