The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) have arrested military police escorts of retired Major General Matayo Kyaligonza after being photographed roughing up a female traffic officer in Seeta, Mukono on Sunday.
Defence Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire identified the arrested soldiers as
RA/221607 L/CPL Peter Bushindiki and RA/230927 Pte John Robert Okurut.
Karemire told ChimpReports the suspects’ alleged offence is “assaulting a traffic officer.”
UPDF’s action followed a huge public outrage on social media with hundreds of Ugandans condemning the soldiers’ conduct.
The unidentified female traffic officer, who was on duty, reportedly ordered the vehicle in which Kyaligonza was being chauffeured to stop over a traffic offence.
The military guards would later rough up the traffic officer.
A journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) who was at the scene was also reportedly assaulted.
Brigadier Richard Karemire said the soldiers are now detained at Makindye Military Barracks pending investigations into the Seeta incident.
”We reiterate our commitment to to ensuring discipline of all ranks,” said Karemire.
The Defence publicist had earlier said the matter would be resolved between the army and police leadership.
“This incident is regretable and sorry to the police sergeant,” said Karemire earlier today.
“UPDF and UPF will jointly work together to establish the facts,” he added.
It’s unclear if Kyaligonza will be held to account for the actions of his guards.
According to the picture taken from the scene, Kyaligonza can be seen charging at the besieged and helpless traffic officer.
Karemire also said the army’s “next course of action” will be determined by facts obtained from working jointly with police.
The senior army officer is among the historical NRA combatants who participated actively in the liberation war that brought President Museveni to power.
Kyaligonza is also a member of the High Command of Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF).
The incident comes just weeks after retired Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga shot and deflated the car tyres of singer Catherine Kusasira in Kampala.