Kyaligonza’s army guards arrested over assault of a police woman

Two UPDF soldiers guarding Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza have been arrested in relation to the Sunday morning incident at Seeta in Mukono district where they assaulted a female traffic police officer on duty.

According to the UPDF spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, the army has arrested
RA/221607 L/CPL Peter Bushindiki Peter and RA/230927 Pte John Robert Okurut who were captured on camera with Kyaligonza roughing up Esther Namaganda, the traffic police officer.

Namaganda had stopped Kyaligonza’s car after the driver made an illegal u-turn at Seeta.

Kyaligonza who Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi, also a member of the NRM Central Executive Committee and a member of the UPDF High Command was travelling towards Mukono when he suddenly had a change of mind and opted to return to Kampala, leading his driver to commit the traffic offence.

“They (soldiers) are now held at Military Police Headquarters  (Makindye). We reiterate our commitment to ensuring discipline of all ranks,” Karemire said.

Kyaligonza’s guards brandishing guns at Seeta where they assaulted Sgt Esther Namaganda

While Karemire did not find Kyaligonza at fault, Namaganda claims that the NRM chief slapped her.

“He gave me a hot slap on my left cheek, if the soldiers were not holding me, I would have fallen,” Police sergeant Esther Namaganda said.

She has since registered at police a case of assault against the ambassador and his guards.