Through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, Tumukunde contends that after receiving the summons, he sent one of his lawyers, Friday Roberts Kagoro to Akullo to establish the reasons for the summons, but the lawyer was instead made to attend a meeting involving police and military officers.
Former Security Minister
retired Lt. General Henry Tumukunde has
petitioned the High Court Civil Division to quash the summons issued by police directing
him to appear before the Criminal Investigations Directorate Headquarters in
According to Tumukunde, the summons issued by the Director
Criminal Investigations Directorate, Grace
Akullo tantamount to a violation of his constitutional right to liberty and
freedom of expression. He is also concerned about his looming
arrest based on the August 17, 2020 summons that
he says don’t specify whether he is to appear as a suspect or witness.
“The CID is investigating allegations to the
effect that, on several occasions, at your office and residence both in Kololo
and other locations with in the country, you have held meetings with Army
veterans discussing issues related to politics,” the summons read.
Through his lawyers led by Anthony
Wameli, Tumukunde contends that after receiving the summons, he sent one of
his lawyers, Friday Roberts Kagoro to Akullo to establish the reasons for the
summons, but the lawyer was instead made to attend a meeting involving police
and military officers.
He identifies some of the officers who attended
the meeting as Brigadier Christopher Damulira, the UPDF Deputy Legal Officer,
Col. Moses Wandera and Director of Army Prosecutions Lt. Col. Raphael Mugisha.
Tumukunde contends that he is now a civilian who isn’t subject to military law
in any way, adding that he is also fully aware that involving veterans in
political activities isn’t an offense.
He cites the ruling National Resistance
Movement - NRM Party, which has a Veteran’s wing and involves them in political party
activities. According to Tumukunde, he has been advised that the summon isn’t
acceptable and is not justifiable in a free and fair society.
In the interest of promoting and protecting
human rights and rule of law, Tumukunde wants court to fine government and
Akullo Shillings 70 million for their high handedness and breach of the
He also wants court to issue a permanent
injunction restraining the respondents, their agents or persons acting under or
in their association from further violating or threatening his rights enshrined
in the constitution.
Wameli told Uganda Radio Network - URN that they are seeking orders to
restrain the respondents from interfering with the programs of their client who
is also a presidential aspirant.
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The CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said it's Tumukunde's
right to petition court for redress. He explains that when they summoned Tumukunde, he didn’t show up and
instead sent some city lawyers who are also known as his political agents.
He explains that while
at CID, the lawyers he didn't name started campaigning for Tumukunde as well as
lecture the officers on democracy.
that their position is that Tumukunde
failed to honor the summons and any information he has given to court in his
affidavit is mere speculation because even the lawyers he sent didn't have any proof
showing that he had instructed them to represent him.