Uganda journalists association (UJA) has dragged Ugandan’s ambassador to Burundi Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza to high court seeking for redress over allegations of assaulting UBCTV journalist Peter Otai.
Otai on February 24, was shooting at the scene recording the incident in which Kyaligonza and his aides were assaulting a female traffic police officer Sgt. Esther Namaganda as she was on the road doing her work. Otai says he was beaten after he declined to erase video clips he had captured as Kyaligonza’s men assaulted the police officer at Seeta junction in Mukono.
Namaganda had stopped Gen Kyaligonza’s vehicles that were wrongfully making a U-turn in the middle of the road at Seeta junction. She was wrapped up by his bodyguards, RA/221607 L/CPL Bushindiki Peter and RA/230927 Okurut John Robert.
In a suit filed through their lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha advocates against the two army officers RA/221607 L/CPL Bushindiki Peter and RA/230927 Okurut John Robert, Gen Kyaligonza and Attorney general, Otai seeks for Shs340 million in compensation in damages.
He also seeks court to enforce his human rights to freedom of expression that was violated by the respondents.
The UPDF officers who were involved in the fracas were arrested and are currently held at Makindye military and detention facility.