By Mable Nakibuuka
Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, who is contesting for presidency on Independent ticket, is set to halt his campaign trail after he was summoned by the City Hall Court, which has ordered him to appear on 21st December 2020 without file, on two cases against him.
Gen. Tumukunde is facing charges of treason and illegal possession of fire arms and case file is before Grade One Senior Magistrate Valerian Tumuhimbise.
The treason charges stem from his statement in an interview on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze programme early this year, during which he said that; “If I was Rwanda, I would support people who wish to foster change in Uganda.”
According to Prosecution, the statement is a call on Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause an unlawful change of government.
It is also alleged that Tumukunde was in possession of a Star pistol and AK47 rifle without a license to have both at his private property in Kololo, from where he was arrested, although he denied the charges.
The two cases came up for hearing on Monday November 23, 2020 but Prosecution led by Lillian Amara sought adjournment in the treason case since they had not concluded investigations and hence the file was not ready for committal to High Court. As for the second case, it couldn’t proceed without Tumukunde in Court, reason why court issued criminal summons against him.
However, Tumukunde was represented in court by his lawyer Anthony Wameli, who told court that his client was stuck in Kagadi and hence could not appear in court.
But prosecution sought criminal summons against Tumukunde arguing that he was in court on 23rd September when the case was adjourned to today and hence should have appeared today.
Thereafter Court issued the summons ordering Tumukunde to appear on the 21st December or face arrest.
Counsel Wameli however notified court about his intention to file an application on matters of human rights violations. He raised issues of person liberty, right to a doctor and freedom from torture.
He says his client was kept for six days and only produced after they filed for his production, he was psychologically tortured when he was in solitary confinement and while there, denied access to a doctor.
Wameli wants the human rights violations case heard before the cases against his client proceed. He wants the cases stayed.