The military has this evening arrested two bodyguards attached to an out of order Major General Matayo Kyaligonza.
The two army officers were on Sunday evening arrested for assaulting a Traffic Officer, Namaganda, in Seeta Mukono earlier in the morning. The action received country wide criticism.
Kyaligonza’s misconduct follows an incident in which another elderly general Kasirye Ggwanga shot tyres of a car belonging to singer Catherine Kusasira after his son got entangled in a quarrel with Kusasira’s workers. Nothing happened to Kasirye even after Kusasira reported a case at Katwe police station.
This time round though, the army arrested the escorts of Kyaligonza who also acts as Uganda’s top diplomat in Burundi.
Despite arrests of soldiers, voices calling for Kyaligonza arrest are getting louder saying the officers were commanded by their boss to beat up police woman Namaganda after she waved down his vehicle for making a U-turn in a wrong place.
Namaganda reported the case of assault after the event was captured on camera by a UBC journalist, Peter Otai who was equally assaulted for recording the incident.
The UPDF, through its spokesman Brig Richard Karemire, quickly apologized to the traffic cop, and promised to investigate the matter with the view to bring errant officers to book.
In the evening, Brig Karemire issued another brief statement saying that the two guards attached to Maj Gen (rtd) Matayo Kyaligonza had been arrested.
However, he said nothing of Gen Kyaligonza’s fate.
“We wish to inform the public that as investigations into circumstances that led to the Seeta incident continue, UPDF has arrested RA/221607 L/CPL Bushindiki Peter and RA/230927 Pte Okurut John Robert. They are now held at Military Police Hqs. We reiterate our commitment to ensuring discipline of all ranks,” Brig Gen Richard Karemire said.
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