Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde arrested on treason charges – Uganda Police

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde arrested on treason charges - Uganda Police
Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde has been arrested. He was arrested on Thursday 12th, March 2020 evening from his office on Impala Avenue in Kololo by a combined team of Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers and Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Uganda Police Force has revealed that presidential hopeful and former security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde is to be charged with treason.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says Tumukunde’s arrest follows his utterances in a series of radio and television interviews, which seek to foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence, fomenting and glorifying violence in general.

Tumukunde is alleged to have called on the support of a neighboring country to support him in removing the current leadership with or without the ballot.

Enanga says Lt Gen Tumukunde is to be charged under Sections 23 (2) b and 23 (3) b, of the Penal code Act, which deals with instigating persons to invade the Republic of Uganda and inciting any persons to make a mutinous assembly.

He meanwhile says his premises at Kololo have been secured for further search this morning to find out if they can acquire additional evidence of material value.

The security agencies who arrested Tumukunde were led by the CID Director Grace Akullo and ACP Francis Olugu, the head of general crime desk.

Tumukunde was taken to CID headquarters in Kibuli, and later transferred to Chieftaincy for Military Intelligence in Mbuya. He is now detained, and spend the night at Kireka, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) run detention facility.

Earlier, he and his team had posted on social media that his office was surrounded by army officers.

“Comrades, I have been surrounded by army officers at my private office in Kololo. Stay tuned, Details to follow,” read the post.

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Later, he added that, “My Offices and Residence are under seige. Being put under arrest under presumed TREASON charges!”

Last week Tumukunde declared his intentions to contest for the Presidency against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.