By Ronald Kabuye
High court judge Andrew Bashaija has adjourned the hearing of case in which the Ugandan ambassador to Burundi and also the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Vice chairperson western region Maj. Gen. Mataayo Kyaligonza and others are accused of assaulting the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) journalists Deogratius Peter Otai while executing his lawful duties to 21 October.
The adjournment was granted to allow the respondents more time to file in their defense and the applicants to file in their rejoinders.
Jamil Mukama Sanyu the respondents’ lawyer told court that they had just received instructions from their clients to represent them thus a delay in filing their defense.
On as to why the accused were not in court, Mukama Sanyu said Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza was out of the country on official duties while his two co accused that’s the body guards are still facing other charges in the military court.
The applicants lawyer Simon Kalembe who held brief for Eron Kiiza reported that on serving the attorney general, he instead advised them to serve the foreign affairs ministry which surprised the trial Justice Bashaija stating that it’s a duty of the Attorney General to serve the foreign affairs’ ministry not the applicants lawyers and doing so amounts to doing the attorney general’ work.
Journalist Otai together with Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) sued Kyaligonza, his two bodyguards, Cpl. Peter Bushindiki, Private John Robert Okurut and the Attorney General for assault seeking over 340 million shillings in general damages.
It alleged that on February 24, 2019 at Seeta in Mukono district, Kyaligonza together with his two bodyguards assaulted Otai while he was on duty.
Kyaligonza is said to have made a U-turn in the middle of the road and later allegedly assaulted the traffic officer on duty Esther Namaganda and Otai.