By Max Patrick Ocaido
PARLIAMENT. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has condemned the alleged assault of a female traffic officer by Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza's bodyguards on Sunday.
Srgt. Esther Namaganda picked up a scuffle with Gen Kyaligonza’s bodyguards after the driver reportedly made a wrong U-turn in Seeta. Namaganda said that the bodyguards attempted to strip off her ranks from the uniform after she stopped them for flouting traffic rules and regulations. She added that Gen Kyaligonza who is Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi slapped her in the face.
On Monday, Kadaga condemned the act and wants Gen Kyaligonza and his bodyguards punished in courts of law. Kadaga was meeting women activists under their umbrella-Uganda Women Network (UWONET) who had delivered a petition to her office over the same and the Miss Curvy beauty contest.
"I saw on the internet over the weekend UPDF officers assaulting a traffic officer on duty. I find the conduct unacceptable for a leader," Kadaga said.
"I am glad they have arrested those UPDF officers who assaulted her and I hope the government will take the matter to its final conclusion."
Kadaga demanded the promotion of Sgt. Namaganda fro exhibiting high levels of professionalism.
“I will soon write to the Inspector General of Police [Martin Okoth Ochola] to have Sgt. Namaganda promoted to the next rank for the professionalism she exhibited.”
UPDF has already apologized for the actions of the military Police Soldiers and vowed to take action.
“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. UPDF and UPF are establishing the facts. Findings will guide action to be taken,” UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said in a statement.