Gen Tumukunde denied bail, sent to Luzira

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Gen.Tumukunde has been charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition, however, pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

The prosecution stated that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Television stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made statements that were calculated to instigate the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause an unlawful change of government.

On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, it states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo, he was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol. Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license

He has told the court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired General.

Prosecution led by Viola Tusingwire has informed the court that investigations into the said counts are complete and ready to bring witnesses on the 30th of this month for a hearing.

Tumukunde has now been remanded to Luzira prison also until the 23rd of this month on the treason count, however the court has explained that on that day, Tumukunde will not physically appear in court but will appear under the video conferencing link at Buganda road court on treason charges.

He will appear before city hall court again on the 30th of this month to start trial on unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

The magistrate has also refused submissions from his defense team to grant him bail over ill health.

The court ruled that Luzira prison is well equipped to manage his poor health conditions.

Gen.Tumukunde, however, did not stand in the court docket because he was sick.

Gen Tumukunde was brought at court amidst tight security by counter-terrorism security personnel.

Only family members, his lawyers, and state prosecutor were allowed to enter the court and his nurse who brought a bucket with his medication in court.

Many journalists were blocked from accessing the Court room as security locked all the entrances to the court room.

Tumukunde was assisted into the court room by two plain-clothed detectives because he can not walk by himself.

It is noted that On 3rd Mard 2020, Gen Tumukunde announced that he is going to stand for presidency in 2021.

He is a retired senior military officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), born on 28 February 1959, Rukungiri.

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