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MPs resolve to recall ambassador Kyaligonza from Burundi

MP Jovah Kyamateeka during the debate

MP Jovah Kyamateeka during the debate

Parliament yesterday passed a resolution to recall Uganda's ambassador to Burundi, Rtd Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, who is accused of assaulting a traffic police officer Sgt Esther Namaganda.

Kyaligonza, a member of UPDF High Command, was captured on video, looking on as his bodyguards Peter Bushindiki and John Robert Okurut assaulted the traffic officer in Seeta, Mukono district last week on Sunday.  Namaganda had reportedly stopped the general's vehicle from making a u-tun in the middle of the road.

The resolution to recall him from diplomatic service was based on a motion tabled by the chairperson of Uganda Parliamentary Women's Association (UWOPA), Pamela Kamugo Nasiyo, observing that the actions of Kyaligonza together with his bodyguards were demeaning and disrespectful of women in Uganda.
She demanded that the action is condemned as a message that women deserve respect and that the rule of law must be upheld. The motion received bi-partisan support led by Kasambya County MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi and Mbale Municipality MP Jack Wamanga Wamai, who all demanded that the ambassador is recalled immediately back to Uganda. 
"The appointing authority should withdraw Kyaligonza, i know the people of Burundi will not accept him. Kyaligonza doesn't reflect the character of Uganda, he must resign. He should also be held accountable by compensating the officer he assaulted." said Mitooma Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka.
"If there are issues under which public officers should resign, this is one of them. Kyaligonza carries a title of His excellency and that makes the case grave for a man of his caliber. This parliament ought to call on Maj Kyaligonza to resign." Kivumbi said. 
Dokolo North MP Paul Amoru said Kyaligonza had once locked members of Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) in Burundi, who had gone to carryout oversight work and therefore must be stripped of his ranks.
However, Bugahya County MP, Pius Wakabi wondered why MPs were only interested in discussing the misconduct of Kyaligonza and not that of Maj Gen Kasirye Gwanga who recently shot at the vehicle of the aides of local musician, Catherine Kusasira.

Earlier, Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo presented a statement about the incident which he said was regrettable. He said that the police had summoned Kyaligonza to record a statement which will facilitate the law to take its course.
But legislators observed that his statement was lacking in detail on whether or not Kyaligonza will be prosecuted alongside his bodyguards. The bodyguards have since been arrested. 


+1 #1 Kelly 2019-02-28 09:21
And when will Afande Arinaitwe, who in a movie like commando style smashed Col. Dr Besigye’s car window, doused him with God knows what and left him partially blind be reprimanded?

What happened to Col. Dick Bugingo, the then military police commander who “confirmed” Ret. Maj. Rubaramira Rurangaranga and eventually made him “convert” to NRM from FDC?

Where are those military officers who molested and de-haired the late Ms Lakony (RIP) on her loin region be called to answer?

Is the mentally deranged Maj. Kakooza Mutale (and his rag tag outfit Kalangala Action Plan -KAP) still alive? The least said about the zombie Kasirye Gwanga, the better.
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0 #2 Jama 2019-02-28 14:04
This parliament is trying to feel a basket with water. Where were you when they were fighting?

Don't forget that the country still belongs to them?
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0 #3 Akot 2019-02-28 18:56
Is it not Museveni responsible for appointing, saking calling to order...ambassadors?

Just as it's Ugandans responsible for continuity of Museveni/mps that they elect & must ensure these work for electorate?

Why have mps not impeached Museveni who has made them his appointed representatives, while ignore miseries of those who elected them?

Why would Ugandans vote in mps again?
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0 #4 Lakwena 2019-03-01 11:32
In other words, these old foxes: the Kyaligonza of this country, besides becoming social nuisance, they are grabbing and occupying too much space (land); and eating up children's food. Yet they now only need 6 sq meter of space, for their send off to rest in peace.

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