Maj. Kyaligonza Makes No Show At Court
Mukono Chief Magistrates Court has extended criminal summons for Ugandan Ambassador to Burundi Retired Major General Matayo Kyaligonza, and his two bodyguards to the 29th April 2019, in relation to the alleged assault of a female traffic officer.
This is after the three who were summoned to appear in court today did not turn up.
They were expected to appear before the Mukono Chief Magistrate Juliet Hatanga to answer to charges of assaulting and causing bodily harm to female traffic officer Sergeant Esther Namaganda after she allegedly stopped their car for making a U-turn in the middle of the road.
Kyaligonza was last week summoned to appear in court today alongside his two UPDF body guards Corporal Peter Busindiche and Private John Okurut who separately face charges of obstructing a police officer from executing her duties and common assault.
But instead Kyaligonza sent his 3 lawyers Caleb Alaka, Evans Ochienge and David Balondemu with instructions to confirm whether the assault case and the criminal summons are indeed in court.
The lawyers led by Caleb Alaka informed chief magistrate Juliet Hatanga that Kyaligonza could not report to court having learnt of the case and summons today morning in one of the daily newspapers.
But the Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya has not bought this submission and told court that he is sure Gen .Kyaligonza was duly served with the previous summons since he managed to instruct his lawyers for today's appearance.
The three face 4 counts sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions after ascertaining that the evidence gathered by police can sustain assault charges against them.
The State Prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya confirmed to court that they were dully served with the summons but chose to send their lawyers Evans Ochienge, Caleb Alaka and David Balondemu.
Alaka told Chief Magistrate Juliet Hatanga that the 2 guards are in the hands of the state before the General Court Martial, where-as Kyaligonza learnt about the summons in the press, and sent his lawyers to court for confirmation.
However state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya showed proof of dully served summons to all the 3 accused.
He further confirmed that 2 guards are in Military custody at Makindye barracks and arrangements are underway to have them produced before Makindye court
They are wanted over an incident that occurred on 24th February 2019 at Seeta trading centre in Mukono district.
On the day in question, social media outlets were abuzz with a video showing Major General Kyaligonza's bodyguards assaulting Sergeant Esther Namaganda whom they accused of stopping their vehicle after the driver made a U-turn in the middle of the road.