Presidential hopeful and former army personnel Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has today been charged and remanded at Luzira prison. The charges included treason, unlawful possession of firearms and 34 rounds of ammunition. This happened at the city hall court in Kampala.
The retired Lt. Gen Tumukunde on the counts that were read to him pleaded not guilty of treason and unlawful possession of firearms. Court advised him not to plead to the treason charge, for it is a capital offense only tried in the High Court. He’s been remanded to Luzira Prison till March 30, for mention.
He was brought in amidst heavy security deployment and media had been blocked from covering the court session.
Social media footage by journalist Abubaker Lubowa, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde being helped to walk as he arrived at City Hall court. It is not clear whether the former security minister was tortured by security forces. However, there are reports that Gen Tumukunde was admitted to Kampala Hospital after collapsing in army detention.
His lawyers Oscar Kambona and Alex Luganda who also accompanied him at the court had also on Tuesday demanded his unconditional release.
In their application filed before the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the lawyers led by Anthony Wameli and Godfrey Turyamusiima allege that Tumukunde and 14 others were beyond the mandatory 48 hours without any charges against them since their arrest on March 12th.
Those arrested alongside Gen. Tumukunde are Tororo North County MP Annet Nyakecho, her husband Otim Levy, Kiiza Arthur, Nancy Atimango, John Manyala, Zion Oboth, Walter Ebong, Alere Walter Raymond, Rhoda Akello, Joyce Ocoko Julian, Labeja Kevin David, Dennis Okello, and Richard Komaketch.
Source PML DAILY.