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IGP Ochola Grills Gen. Kyaligonza For Assaulting Policewoman

Retired Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza on Friday reported to the office of the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and recorded a statement regarding the recent incident in which he and his bodyguards were reported to have assaulted a traffic officer who was on duty.

Early this week, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga announced that a joint security team comprising of military and police investigators had been set up and were yet to record a statement from the UPDF general, who is also an envoy to Burundi.

Enanga told journalists on Monday that police investigators had already interrogated and recorded statements from the general’s bodyguards who remain locked up at the Makindye military barracks.

General Kyaligonza appearance at Naguru yesterday also followed president Museveni remarks on Thursday in which he condemned the act of assault on the female traffic officer who was performing her duties.

In his statement, the President said the act of slapping a policewoman by Gen. Kyaligonza and his bodyguards was wrong and punishable by the law.

“If you’re angry and aggressive, you can ask for permission and we deploy you in Somalia where your services are highly required,” the president said.

At the police headquarters, Gen. Kyaligonza appeared with his lawyers and he was led to the inspector general’s office where he spent more than two hours of grilling.

According to his lawyer Evans Ocheng, The IGP wanted to interact with him and that they had an interaction in which Gen. Kyaligonza gave his version regarding the incident that happened in Seeta.

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However, Kyaligonza’s lawyers maintained that their client was innocent of the accusations as reported.

In a clip that went viral on social media, it showed General Kyaligonza and his two bodyguards manhandling corporal Esther Namaganda had blocked them from making a U-turn at undesignated spot in Seeta along Kampala jinja road.

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