The lawyers of a Rwandan National Elly Tumwine have filed an
application in the High Court demanding for his production in court.
Led by Abdullah Kiwanuka, the lawyers note that Tumwine has been in detention
for more than the mandatory 48 hours which is unlawful.
to their application filed before the High Court Civil Division, Tumwine was
arrested on May 16th from Pulota B Kakira Tow council in Jinja District
where he operates mobile money business.
He was reportedly arrested by Military Police Officers and other security operatives
headed by one Godwin.
Tumwine’s sister Juliet Kirabo says that Tumwine's place of residence was searched
before he was reportedly taken to Special Investigations Unit of Police in
Kireka and transferred to Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters.
She contends that since then, Tumwine has been held incommunicado and never
been produced before any competent court of law or released as required by the
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Cue out: …tumanye ekigenda mumaso”. //
family suspects that Tumwine was arrested for espionage since his brother Frank
Sabiiti, a police officer was arrested in April on similar charges.
The Attorney General, the Director of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence
Major General Abel Kandiho and the Commandant Special Investigations Unit of
Police have been listed as respondents to this application.