Kadaga wants assaulted female traffic police officer promoted

Ms Esther Namaganda, left, being mishandled by Major Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, 2nd right, his body guards.

By Stephen Wandera
KAMPALA. Speaker of Parliament Ms Rebecca Kadaga has commended Ms Esther Namaganda, a police officer allegedly assaulted by Major General Matayo Kyaligonza, Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi while on duty.

The General and his military body guards on Sunday February 24th, 2019 were seen on social media assault the traffic officer who stopped them after making a U-turn in Seeta, Mukono district.

“I am happy this lady (traffic officer) stuck to the law is my hero. She was discharging her role as per the law, no one should be above the law,” she said.
I am going to talk to the Inspector General of Police (Okoth Ochola) to promote her, Ms Kadaga said during a Prime Radio talk show Monday 25th, 2019.

She further explained, “We understand the soldiers who committed the crime have been arrest, I hope this time they face the law unlike what has happened in the past.”
Several human rights organizations have also condemned the brutal mishandling of Ms Namaganda.

However Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza defended his act saying his diver made the U-turn to avoid traffic jammed ahead that had blocked by a trailer involved in a road accident.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said Police may charge the General. “A committee of the two sister security agencies has been setup to investigate the matter,” he said.

Mr Ssemuju Nganda, the spokesperson, Forum for Democratic Change told Kyaligonga to resign.
“NRM (National Resistance Movement) can retain him as the party chairman for western region but he should resign from representing Uganda abroad (Burundi),” he said.


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