Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi retired Major General Matayo Kyaligonza has come under attack from the public for manhandling a female traffic police officer.
Gen. Kyaligonza, a National Resistance Army (NRA) historical was captured in a photo on Sunday together with his two armed UPDF bodyguards roughing up unidentified traffic officer.
The incident according to eyewitness occurred in Seeta, Mukono after the traffic officer allegedly tried to stop Kyaligonza’s vehicle for making a U-turn in the middle of the road.
The dramatic incident prompted Uganda Police Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye to tweet to UPDF saying; “This is unacceptable @UPDFspokespersn.”
Adding; “I am sure @UPDFspokespersn has taken note,” in a follow-up tweet.
In response, UPDF/Defence Spokesperson, Brig. Gen Richard Karemire regretted the incident citing that both UPDF and Uganda Police were establishing the facts to guide action to be taken.
“We have been informed of the incident involving a Police Traffic Sergeant and UPDF military Police Soldiers. It is very regrettable and apologies to our Police Sister,” Brig. Gen. Karemire said in a tweet.
Following the incident, the video went viral on social media prompting outcry from the public.
Godber Tumushabe @GodberTumushabe said: “Shame on you Matayo Kyaligonza. It’s only weak men who attack women. Later on, a woman doing all her best to do her job and serving her country. This junta impunity will end too.”
Tumushabe who is an Associate Director at Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLiSS) said that the behaviour of the UPDF officers and the Ambassador was regrettable.
“Many of them are just criminals donning our military or police uniform or are simply victims of impunity that characterise the incumbent regime,” he added in a tweet.
Paul Amoru Omiat @amorupaul a Ugandan legislator for Dokolo North, in Northern Uganda, suggested that the diplomat be recalled and charged.
“What insolence; terrible and shameful. Kyaligonza must be recalled from his current posting as Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi…and charged along with escorts with aggravated assault…”