Mukono Chief Magistrate Juliet Hantanga has ordered the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola to arrest Rtd Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza for allegedly assaulting a traffic officer on duty.
The magistrate instructed the IGP to arrest Maj Gen Kyaligonza, his two aides; Cpl Peter Busindiche and Private John Okurut, and present them in court on June 24 for plea taking after the three repeatedly snubbed court summons.
The 73-year-old Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi was supposed to appear in court yesterday (Monday) after several criminal summons and a warrant of arrest was issued by Mukono Court last month but he failed to show up.
Kyaligonza’s lawyers insist their clients are being tried by the General Court Martial and therefore cannot be in Mukono Magistrate’s Court at the same time.
Mr Jamir Mukama told court that his client, Maj Gen Kyaligonza has failed to appear in Mukono Court because a similar case was instituted in the army court.
1. A video grab shows escorts of Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza (2nd right) roughing up Sgt Esther Namaganda in Seeta, Mukono District on February 24, 2019. 2. An unidentified male police officer appears to intervene and restrain one of the soldiers from roughing up Sgt Namaganda. 3. The police officer appears to draw the soldier away from grabbing the female officer. Inset is Maj Gen Kyaligonza
“We filed a case in High Court challenging proceedings in this court and also quash a warrant of arrest that was issued against our clients,” he said.
The order for Maj Gen Kyaligonza’s arrest was issued on the request of Senior State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya.