Why Lt. Gen Tumukunde Was Denied Bail Amidst COVID 19 Tension

Henry Tumukunde Photo by Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Former security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde Monday returned to Buganda Road Court for the mention of his case.

The presidential hopeful is charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions has been deferred over absence of the trial magistrate.

The hearing which was conducted via video conferencing never took off because the trial magistrate, Valerian Tuhimbise, was not on duty.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe suspended court hearings citing the coronavirus pandemic.

State Prosecutor Patricia Cingtho told the presiding chief magistrate Miriam Akello Ayo that police are still investigating the case.

The General was further remanded to Luzira prison until April 14, 2020 when the High Court judge would deliver a ruling on his bail application.

Prosecution claims that on March 13, 2020 while at his office at Impala Avenue in Kololo, Gen Tumukunde was found in possession of two guns; an Ak47 and a pistol.

Tumukunde was also charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition without a valid firearm license.

Gen Tumukunde was also charged with one count of treason.

Prosecution claims that on March 5, 2020 while appearing on a local television station in Kampala, Gen Tumukunde made utterances which were calculated to instigate the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause unlawful change of government.

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