Police to Summon, Charge Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza

Police has summoned and charged the Ugandan Ambassador to Burundi, Rt. Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza for assaulting a traffic policewoman.

The retired general and his bodyguards on Sunday morning physically assaulted Sgt. Esther Namaganda in Seeta, Mukono when she stopped them from making a U-turn.

The two bodyguards caught on camera mishandling the officer have already been detained at Military Police headquarters Mbuya but Kyaligonza is still at large.

In a press statement released on Monday morning, police said Kyaligonza is going to be summoned through the Foreign Affairs Ministry in respect of protocol.

“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 part of the statement.

UPDF Spokesman, Brig. Richard Karemire told ChimpReports on Monday morning that the army no longer has full control over the retired general.

Police has meanwhile welcomed the apology made by the UPDF.

“The Police yesterday, 24/02/2019, acknowledged apologies from its Sister Security Agency, the UPDF over the manner in which our officer, Sgt Namaganda Esther was treated by its officers while on official duty,” added the statement.


Police has equally condemned the incident and praised Sgt. Namaganda for exercising restraint.

“We want to strongly condemn such acts of brutality upon our officers, and do further congratulate our officer on the degree of patience and restraint exhibited.  We are observing her treatment and speedy recovery from the injuries and trauma suffered from the incident.  This is one example of the risks all police officers face as they work to protect the citizens they serve.”

Two police task teams have been created to investigate the matter in coordination with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

“The Police has created two task teams to pursue the matter, which include; the KMP Traffic Commander who will investigate the conduct of the driver, for inconsiderate use of the road; and another team under the CID Commander KMP to investigate the changes of assault and willful obstruction of an officer on official duty.”

Police is also going to investigate a complaint lodged by the UBC journalist who was assaulted by Kyaligonza bodyguards.

“The team is also investigating an additional complaint of assault from a UBC Journalist, Peter Otai, who was allegedly assaulted while capturing the incident on video.”



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