KAMPALA – Retired Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza’s military guards have been photographed unleashing impunity to a senior police traffic officer.
The ugly incident occurred on Sunday afternoon in Seeta, Mukono District.
Assaulted traffic officer identified as Esther Namaganda, who was on duty, reportedly ordered the vehicle in which Kyaligonza was being chauffeured to stop.
The military guards would later rough up the traffic officer.
It should be remembered that UPDF officers at his level have no right of way.
Kyaligonza was in 1989 demoted for slapping OC station Jinja road ASP Tumusiime.
Also tortured is a journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) who was at the scene.
UBC TV journalist Peter Otai who took the pictures, says one of the ambassador’s soldiers, Okurut (as per his name tag) even attempted to stab him with a sword but missed him
The Defence Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the matter would be resolved between the army and police leadership.
“This incident is regretable and sorry to the police sergeant,” said Karemire said on Sunday.
“UPDF and UPF will jointly work together to establish the facts,” he added.
It’s unclear if Kyaligonza will be held to account for the actions of his guards.
In the picture taken from the scene, he can be seen charging at the besieged and helpless traffic officer.
Karemire said the army’s “next course of action” will be determined by facts obtained from working jointly with police.
The senior army officer is among the historical NRA combatants who participated actively in the liberation war that brought President Museveni to power.
Kyaligonza is also a member of the High Command of Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF).
The incident comes just weeks after retired Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga shot and deflated the car tyres of singer Catherine Kusasira in Kampala