High Court judge Andrew Byabashaija has adjourned the case in which UBC journalist Peter Otai and Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) are suing Ugandan Ambassador to Burundi Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza and his bodyguards, for assault.
Otai was assaulted on February 24th 2019 as he attempted to take photos of Gen Kyaligonza and his bodyguards who were assaulting a female traffic officer, Sgt. Esther Namaganda in Mukono district.
The second, third and fourth respondents in the case are Cpl Bushindiki Peter, Okurut John Robert (the guards) and the Attorney General respectively but none of them appeared in court today.
The defense lawyer counsel Jamil Sanyu Mukama told Court that he received instructions late and called on court to adjourn the case in order for him and his clients to get time to file their replies which the judge agreed and granted them 3 weeks.
By the time of hearing today, the respondents had not filed their reply, and therefore Court adjourned the case to 21st October 2019.
The defense lawyer counsel Jamil Sanyu Mukama said his clients did not dodge court because they are ably represented by their lawyers.
“Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza is out of the country while the second and third respondents ( Bushindiki Peter and Okurut John Robert) are in military Court facing other charges and unable to come,” he added