Gen Odongo’s statement was not satisfactory to the MPs prompting Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association (UWOPA) chairperson Pamela Kamugo (Budaka Woman MP) to move a motion that among others recommended that the appointing authority, President Yoweri Museveni recalls Gen Kyaligonza as ambassador.
Uganda legislators were on Wednesday afternoon adopted a motion to recall Matayo Kyaligonza (RTD) Maj. General as ambassador to Burundi.
This is after he was filmed on Sunday reportedly assaulting a female traffic officer, Sgt Esther Namaganda along with his two body guards.
According to Internal Affairs minister, Gen Jeje Odongo, who regrets the incident, the two UPDF body guards; RA/221607 L/CPL Peter Bushindiki and RA/230927 Pte John Robert.Okurut have been arrested and will face the military court while Gen Kyaligonza has been summoned to record his statement.
Gen Odongo’s statement was not satisfactory to the MPs prompting Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association (UWOPA) chairperson Pamela Kamugo (Budaka Woman MP) to move a motion that among others recommended that the appointing authority, President Yoweri Museveni recalls Gen Kyaligonza as ambassador. Kamugo in her prayers also condemned Gen Kyaligonza’s gross misconduct and urged that the NRM vice chairperson for Western region is equally arrested and charged along with his body guards.
After the debate, the House chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga adopted the motion and it now remains the prerogative of the appointing authority to recall Gen Kyaligonza or not.
“He [Kyaligonza] must resign as ambassador or the president should recall him. Whereas the minister says he is going to be dealt with, he should first resign.
Kyaligonza should not be representing us in Burundi and he should be relinquished off his duties to allow the law to take its course,” Jovah Kamateeka, Mitooma Woman MP said.
Muwanga Kivumbi, Butambala County MP said that it is a shame for a man of his caliber to continue representing Uganda as an ambassador.
Nabilah Naggayi expressed concern on the patterns of violence against women citing recent occurrences of Gen Kasirye Ggwanga who fired bullets at the car of female artiste Catherine Kusasira and Deputy Attorney General Rukutana Mwesigwa who backed at a female judge, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
“Kyaligonza is a shame to men and women in uniform, he is a shame to diplomats, he is a shame to the president of this country who appointed him and we are shamed to the people of Burundi. If I were Gen Kyaligonza I would throw in the towel, but in Uganda, such people don’t resign, I want the highest authority to recall him,” Mbale Municipality MP Wamai Wamanga said.
Members of Parliament also wants Sgt. Namaganda commended for having exhibited high levels of professionalism.
Srgt. Namaganda picked up a scuffle with Gen Kyaligonza’s body guards after the driver reportedly made a wrong U-turn in Seeta. Namaganda said that the body guards attempted to strip off her ranks from the uniform after she stopped them for flouting traffic rules and regulations. She added that Gen Kyaligonza slapped her in the face.