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IGP ordered to arrest Gen Kyaligonza

Mukono Chief Magistrate, Juliet Hantanga, has ordered the IGP Martin Ochola Okoth to arrest controversial Ugandan ambassador to Burundi, Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza ignored the court. (FILE PHOTO)

MUKONO – Mukono Chief Magistrate Juliet Hantanga has ordered Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola to arrest Rtd Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza for refusing to honour court summons in a case where he is accused of assaulting a traffic officer.

Maj Gen Kyaligonza, who is Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi, was supposed to appear in court on Monday after several criminal summons and a warrant of arrest was issued by Mukono Court last month but he failed to show up.

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.

Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza and his bodyguards rough up a traffic officer in a February 2019 incident in Seeta, Mukono. (PHOTO/File)

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.

“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.

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