Police summons Kyaligonza as Oulanyah, Jeje slam indiscipline

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Gen Jeje Odongo

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, said the police have summoned Major General Matayo Kyaligonza to write a statement which will facilitate the law to take its course.

Jeje told parliament on Wednesday that the two UPDF soldiers CPL Bushindiki and Pte Okurut John Robert have been arrested for assaulting the traffic officer, Sgt Esther Namaganda.

They are now at Makindye Military Police Headquarters and will the subjected to the military judicial procedures.

“No acts of indiscipline by    security forces will be tolerated,” Jeje told the house.

According to Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, an ambassador is supposed to be an agent of dignity for the entire country and clearly, Kyaligonza is no longer that.

“I also want to challenge Minister Jeje Odongo to show this house evidence of police summons.”

Sempala Kigozi, Makindye Sabagabo MP, said: “I stay with Gen Kyaligonza in the same area. Some time back, he had a misunderstanding with residents and ordered his guards to thoroughly beat up Grace Kyamulabili, a councillor. She later underwent a surgery that cost Shs20m.”

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah‏, said Amb. Kyaligonza’s conduct is upsetting, regrettable and uncalled for.

“As an adherent to the rule of law, Namaganda deserves justice; and Kyaligonza a chance to be heard in a fair and judicious way,” Oulanyah noted.

He said UPDF & UPF have procedures of dealing with such incidents.

“Give them chance. We have plenty of chances to get angry at situations but we should use our positions to make things better.”

He added: “We are tasking Institutions to function efficiently; it shouldn’t be us to make them useless. The actions of Kyaligonza is highly regrettable & should have no place in any society.”

Kyaligonza speaks

The Ugandan Ambassador to Burundi told Daily Monitor that the attempt by his driver to make a U-turn in the middle of the road that sparked a confrontation between his armed guards and a female traffic officer, was to escape a chaotic scene after a motor accident.

He said as they were travelling, they found two vehicles that had been involved in an accident and the occupants had created a chaotic scene.

“My guards went out of the car to ask the police officers what had happened. The two parties involved in the accident were fighting each other in the middle of the road. My driver wanted to make a U-turn to avoid the chaos,” Kyaligonza told Monitor.

He added: “What would you do? To continue driving in a chaotic scene or immediately make a U-turn and leave in peace?” Maj Gen Kyaligonza asked, adding: “Police and army officers are on the road to save us from chaos.”

He alleged that the female police officer abused them when they pleaded with her to escape the chaotic scene.

“If you are a woman, it doesn’t mean that you have to abuse people,” he said.

Sgt Namaganda claims that Kyaligonza slapped her.

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