Gen Tumukunde Charged with Treason, Illegal Possession of Firearms

Former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

Tumukunde who was arrested last Thursday was picked from his hospital bed at Kampala hospital and arraigned before senior Grade One Magistrate, Valerian Tuhimbise at the City Hall court where one count of treason and two counts of unlawful possession of firearms were read to him.

Prosecution alleges that Tumukunde acted in breach of Section 23 (2)(b) of the Penal Code Act when he made utterances that could instigate Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause an unlawful change of government.

Tumukunde allegedly made the statements during his March 5 interview on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze talk show.

According to the charge sheet, Tumukunde said, “If I was Rwanda, I would wish to support people who want to cause change in Uganda.”

The former spymaster is also charged of unlawful possession of firearms; an AK-47 rifle number 19865-BU 3618, and a star pistol number EL 860030.

Gen. Tumukunde entered a not guilty plea on the firearms charges as Court advised him not to plead to the treason charge, for it is a capital offense only triable by the High Court.

He was subsequently remanded to Luzira Maximum Security Prison till March 30.

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