Maj Gen Kyaligonza UPDF guards arrested for assault

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UPDF soldiers assault a police officer

The army has arrested UPDF soldiers who guard Ugandan ambassador to Burundi, Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, for assaulting a traffic police officer.

UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire‏, said that as investigations into circumstances that led to the Seeta, Mukono district incident continue.

He said UPDF has arrested RA/221607 L/CPL Bushindiki Peter and RA/230927 Pte Okurut John Robert.

“They are now held at Military Police Headquarters.”

Police opened a case file of threatening violence and assault against Kyaligonza and his bodyguards.

Kyaligonza and two Military Police soldiers were seen in a video harassing Sgt Esther Namaganda who had stopped them from making a U-turn in the middle of a road on Sunday.

Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said the officer had been given Police Form III to go for a medical examination to facilitate the investigations.

Kyaligonza, a retired army officer, is the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) vice chairperson for western region and a member of army High Command.

According to the Chief Political Commissar, Asan Kasingye, Kyaligonza was one day demoted for slapping the OC Station Jinja Road ASP Tumusiime in 1989.

In 2001 general elections, Kyaligonza beat up Amlan Tumusiime, a former news editor of Radio Hoima for airing a story he said did not favour him.

In May 2018, Kyaligonza was also accused to beating up his neighbour after a disagreement over land boundaries.

In August 2018, Kyaligonza’s UPDF guards allegedly beat a resident [Rogers Waiswa] to death in Mutungo Ward Wakiso District after a disagreement at a construction site belonging to the ambassador.

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