Prosecution led by Lino Anguzo, the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions has objected to the application, saying Tumukunde has capacity to interfere with ongoing investigations once released.
They rely on the sworn affidavit by Senior Superintendent of Police, Richard Mugwisagye who is attached to the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID Headquarters in Kampala.
Lt General Henry Tumukunde. File Photo
State prosecutors have
objected to the bail application of jailed former Security Minister, Lt. General Henry Tumukunde. Tumukunde is battling
charges of illegal possession of firearms and treason. He was picked up from
his offices at Impala Avenue in Kampala District on March 13th, 2020.
He was charged with illegal possession of an AK 47 rifle registration number
19865 and Star Pistol registration number EL 860030 without a valid
firearm license. Tumukunde has since
pleaded not guilty to the charges through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, Geoffrey Turyamusiima and Alex Luganda.
He applied for bail in his court presided over by Justice Wilson Kwesiga on
grounds of advanced age, innocence and the need for time to consult voters on
his presidential ambitions. However,
the state prosecution led by Lino Anguzo, the Assistant Director of Public
Prosecutions has objected to the application, saying Tumukunde has capacity to interfere
with ongoing investigations once released.
They rely on the sworn affidavit by Senior Superintendent of Police, Richard Mugwisagye who is attached
to the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID Headquarters in Kampala. According
to prosecution, Tumukunde is an influential person having served as Commandant
of the 4th UPDF Division in Gulu, UPDF Member of Parliament and Head
of Internal Security Organisation-ISO before retiring at the rank of Lt General.
They also argue that Tumukunde served as Security Minister, an influential
position, adding that he is a man of means with a lot of human and material
resources at his disposal and thus capable of interfering with investigations. Prosecution also
contends that the offenses Tumukunde is
charged with are critical to national security, adding that his release will be
a potential threat to the same since the charges affect the diplomatic
relations between Rwanda and Uganda.
The relations between the two countries
have been fragile and rocky since 2019 compelling Rwanda to close its borders
with Uganda. Prosecution
also argues that given the fact that some of the investigators have previously
been answerable to Tumukunde in various capacities; his release will be a great
hindrance to the investigations.
In his affidavit, Mugwisagye also
contends that it isn’t true that Tumukunde is a law abiding citizen having been
convicted and sentenced previously on charges of conduct prejudicial to good
order and discipline of the defense forces.
In 2013, the General Court Martial Chaired by
the then Brigadier, Fred Tolit found Tumukunde guilty for conduct prejudicial
to good order and discipline of the defense forces, which stemmed from a talk
Radio show where he criticized President Yoweri Museveni's leadership and the
plot to delete term limits from the Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced
to caution and severe reprimand.
Justice Wilson Kwesiga has set April 14th 2020
to decide whether or not to release Tumukunde.
Genesis of Tumukunde’s Trouble
trouble started on March 5th 2020 when he appeared on the Morning Breeze show on
the Kamwokya based at NBS TV where he reportedly made statements calling for
unlawful change of the legitimate Government of Uganda.
Prosecution quotes Tumukunde saying that, “If I
was Rwanda I would wish to support people who want to cause change in
Uganda", a statement they say was aimed at instigating the Republic of
Rwanda to invade Uganda to cause unlawful change of Government.0.