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Uganda’s Gen. Tumukunde applies for bail

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Former Minister of Security, Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde who is currently jailed in Luzira on remand has applied for bail through the High Court.

On Wednesday, Tumukunde was remanded to Luzira Maximum Prison by Senior Magistrate Grade One, Valerian Tuhimbise.

The retired soldier was arrested on Thursday last week by a team of security personnel led by Director of Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) Grace Akullo and Elly Womanya the Commandant Police Special Investigations Directorate (SID) stormed his Kololo offices and whisked him off to CID Headquarters in Kibuli for a statement and later taken to SID Kireka.

In his bail application, Lt. Gen. Tumukunde committed to attend court at all times if granted bail and to avail sureties who have undertaken to ensure he attends subsequent court sessions as required by bail conditions.

He also cited advanced age 61years and an order from the lower court directing prison authorities to get special treatment and will not interfere with investigations in his case.

It should be recalled that Tumukunde and 13 others were on March 12, 2020, arrested from his home in Kololo-Kampala, and produced before Kampala City Hall court on March 18, 2020, where he faced 5 counts including Treason and Unlawful possession of firearms.

He is expected in court on March 30, 2020, for mention. However, the courts have been suspended for a 30-day-period due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tumukunde is alleged to have made statements through interviews conducted on Radio and TV stations that seek to promote hatred, violence, encouraging a neighboring country to support him to overthrow the current Government and instigating a mutiny within the armed forces.

His lawyers have applied for his temporary release on bail before the High court in Kampala, on grounds that the General is a Presidential aspirant who needs to be allowed to consult his voters.

In an application filed by Alex Luganda, Anthony Wameli and Geoffrey Turyamusiima, the legal team filed an affidavit sworn by Tumukunde in which he argued that he is the sole breadwinner of his family, he is a Presidential Aspirant who needs to conduct countrywide consultations.

The prosecution also accused Tumukunde of treason in relation to remarks he made at NBS Television Kamwokya in Kampala, backing support of Rwanda to change power in Uganda.

The High court’s Deputy Registrar in charge of Criminal matters Mary Kaitesi has received Tumukunde’s bail application and will allocate a Judge to hear it on a date that will be communicated to the Lawyers.

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