Gen. Kyaligoza ignores court summons


Retired Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi has refused to show up at the Mukono Chief Magistrate’s court to answer charges of assaulting and causing bodily harm to a female traffic officer.

Court last week issued criminal summons against Kyaligonza alongside his two UPDF bodyguards Cpl Peter Busindiche and Private John Okurut for assaulting Sgt Esther Namaganda.

Caleb Alaka, Kyaligonza’s lawyer told court presided over by Juliet Hatanga on Wednesday that his client could not appear in court because he is not in the country. He however told the press after the sitting that the arrogant General was not personally summoned but only saw it in the media reports.

Jonathan Muwaganya, the State prosecutor told court that Busindiche and Okurut are currently under detention at Makindye Military Barracks. 

Prosecution indicates that Kyaligonza assaulted Sgt Namaganda on February 24, 2019, at Seeta Trading Centre in Mukono District causing actual bodily harm. The three are also accused of obstructing a police officer in the due execution of duty contrary to section 238(b) of the penal code act.

Namaganda’s lawyer Michael Kaboneka says they are pleased that the case has commenced before the court and they are looking forward to see his client getting justice.
Hatanga extended their criminal summons up to April 29, 2019.

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