Tumukunde Cries to Court, Fails to Get Sureties

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has petitioned court afresh seeking to be released on bail.

The presidential aspirant is currently on remand in Luzira prison where he has been since March this year on treason charges and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Gen Tumukunde has told the High Court that he failed to secure army generals to stand for him as sureties. He asked court to review and relax the earlier stringent bail conditions.

The former Security minister first applied for bail last month but on April 14, Justice Wilson Kwesiga dismissed his application on account that that he had not presented at least two sureties, who are army officers at his military rank of Lieutenant General or higher (General).

Gen Tumukunde now argues that the bail condition of presenting at least two army officers at his rank or higher is impossible since such senior officers are still serving in the army or in government and cannot stand surety for him.

“It is stated under paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the application that all military officers of the rank at which the applicant (Tumukunde) retired from the army (Lt Gen) or of higher rank, arestill serving the Uganda government either in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) or other government positions who cannot be allowed to stand surety for me especially that I am charged with treason. It’s practically not possible for the applicant to fulfil that condition,” Lt Gen Tumukunde contends.

His earlier sureties whom court rejected are; Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, the leader of Alliance for National Transformation party, Ms Salaam Musumba, the Opposition FDC vice chairperson for eastern Uganda, Ms Stella Tumukunde, his wife and Mr Hannington Karuhanga, his brother.

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