19 March 2019

Uganda: Kyaligonza - DPP Returns File to CID

Kampala — The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has returned the case file of Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza and his guards to police to record two more statements from independent eyewitnesses to support the charges of assault against him.

Maj Gen Kyaligonza, who is Uganda's envoy to Burundi, and his military guards are accused of assaulting a police traffic officer, Sgt Esther Namaganda, who stopped their vehicle from making a U-turn at a wrong section of the road in Seeta Town in Mukono District on February 24.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that the DPP returned the files advising the investigating officers headed by deputy director of Special Investigations Division (SID) CP Elly Womanya to record more witness statements.

The file was sent with statements of Maj Gen Kyaligonza, his two bodyguards, Sgt Namaganda and a Uganda Broadcasting Corporation journalist who was allegedly punched by the Kyaligonza crew as he filmed the incident.

"As you are all aware Maj Gen Kyaligonza recorded a statement with us on Women's Day [March 8] here at police headquarters and the files were sent to DPP. The DPP has since advised us to record two more statements from independent witnesses and our CID is handling," Mr Enanga said.

He appeared two days after President Museveni said he would face the law for assaulting an officer on duty. He was summoned by the supervisory Ministry of Internal Affairs, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asked when Maj Gen Kyaligonza would appear in court, Mr Enanga said: "You will know when these suspects will be appearing in court."

Maj Gen Kyaligonza was interrogated on three charges of wilful obstruction of a traffic officer on duty, assault and violation of traffic laws. Police said although they acknowledged apologies from its sister security agency, the army, over the manner in which Sgt Namaganda was treated, they would ensure Maj Gen Kyaligonza and his guards are brought to book.

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