Gen. Kyaligonza snubs court summons to answer charges of assault

Gen. Kyaligonza snubs court summons to answer charges of assault
Rtd Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza has failed to show up at Mukono Chief Magistrates Court. Charges stem from allegations that he together with his bodyguards assaulted a female traffic police officer

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

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

Kyaligonza’s lawyer Caleb Alaka of Alaka told court presided over by Juliet Hatanga that his client could not appear in court because he is not in the country.

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

According to prosecution, 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.

Hatanga extended their criminal summons up to April 29, 2019.

Namaganda’s lawyer Michael Kaboneka is pleased that the case has commenced before the court and they are looking forward to see his client getting justice.

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