Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi retired Major General Matayo Kyaligonza has come under attack from the public for manhandling a female traffic police officer for stopping them from violating traffic laws,.
Gen. Kyaligonza, a National Resistance Army (NRA) historical was captured in a photo on Sunday together with his two armed UPDF sharp shooters roughing up unidentified traffic officer.
The guards to the veteran army officer manhandled and humiliated the poor female officer hose identity could not be readily established, forcing her to beg for mercy.
Eagle eyed observers took a photo of the incident which has awaken public anger both in the public and the Uganda police.
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, an act that would have disrupted traffic.
The incident prompted an angry tweet from the Uganda Police Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye, saying;
“This is unacceptable @UPDFspokespersn.”
He followed his initial tweet with “I am sure @UPDFspokespersn has taken note,”
In response, UPDF/Defence Spokesperson, Brig. Gen Richard Karemire regretted the incident citing that bothUPDF 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……….Many of them are just criminals donning our military or police uniform or are simply victims of impunity that characterise the incumbent regime.”
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…”
Maj. Gen. Kyaligonzza is yet to react or respond the latest controversy involving an army general.
Barely two weeks ago, another general, Kasirye Gwanga pulled out a gun on singer Catherine Kusasira and her entourage and sprayed her car with bullets before driving off.