Parliament wants Kyaligonza recalled

Parliament has passed the resolution to recall Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza from the diplomatic service following Sunday’s incident in which the retired army officer was captured on camera, assaulting a female traffic police officer.

Budaka Woman MP Pamela Nasiyo Kamugho who is also the chairperson Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), moved a motion for a resolution of Parliament, urging President Yoweri Museveni to recall Kyaligonza from Burundi where he represents Uganda as an ambassador.

The motion also called for the promotion of Sgt Esther Namaganda, the police woman that Kyaligonza and his guards assaulted at Seeta in Mukono district after she stopped them for committing a traffic offence.

Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo informed Parliament that the two UPDF soldiers; CPL Bushindiki and Pte John Robert Okurut had been arrested and in detention at Makindye Military Police Headquarters waiting to be subjected to the military judicial procedures.

“Rt Hon Speaker, Hon Colleagues let me categorically state that this incident is regrettable and detestable. No act of indiscipline by members of the security agencies will be tolerated. This is our norm. HE the Ambassador Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza has been summoned by police to make a statement that will be used to process this matter to its logical conclusion,” Odongo said.

This was after Chief Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda wondered whether Kyaligonza would also be arrested to join his guards at Makindye Military Police.

Several MPs notably Mbwatekwamwa Gafa (Kasambya), Jovah Kamateeka (Mitooma Woman) and Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala) among others spoke in support of the proposal for Kyaligonza to be immediately recalled from his ambassadorial duties.

“The appointing authority should withdraw Kyaligonza, i know the people of Burundi will not accept him. Kyaligonza doesn’t reflect the character of Uganda, he must resign. He should also be held accountable by compensating the officer he assaulted,” Kamateeka said.