Kyaligonza's Guards Appear Before Military Police Unit Disciplinary Court

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail, which was granted on stringent terms.
17 Apr 2019 07:33
Uganda People's Defense Forces Soldiers Peter Bushindiki and Robert Okurut
The bodyguards of Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi retired Major General Matayo Kyaligonza have been charged before the Unit Disciplinary Court-UDC of the Military Police Brigade with common assault. 

They are Corporal Peter Bushindiki and Robert Okurut.  The two appeared on Tuesday before the Unit Disciplinary Court chaired by Lt. Col. Richard Okum in Mbuya Military barracks. 

Prosecution told court that while in Seeta in Mukono district on February 24th, 2019, the duo assaulted Sergeant Esther Namaganda, a traffic police officer and Deogracious Peter Otai, a journalist attached to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, UBC.

In her statement, Namaganda claimed that the officers and their boss attacked her when she tried to stop them from making a U-turn at wrong spot. 

They also assaulted Otai who took pictures of the incident, which went viral on social media.  

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail, which was granted on stringent terms. 


Army Spokesperson Brigadier, Richard Karemire, says the officers were released on condition that they will not get out of the barracks without authorization and must report to the legal officer three times a week. 

Karemire told URN that the army prosecution told UDC that the inquiries were incomplete and asked for an adjournment to April, 26th 2019. 

He welcomed the prosecution of the soldiers, saying UPDF doesn’t condone indiscipline. 

“Uganda People’s Defense Forces doesn’t condone acts of indiscipline, which undermine the ideological basis of its foundation”, Karemire said. 

Last week, Mukono Chief Magistrate’s Court summoned Major General Kyaligonza to respond to the assault case but didn’t show up on grounds that he received the summons late.  

Otai has also filed a separate civil suit against Kyaligonza together with his guards seeking Shillings 340 million compensation for the damages caused to him. 

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