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Court Dismisses Tumukunde’s Application

High Court judge Musa Ssekaana has dismissed with costs an application for temporary injunction filed by Lt General Henry Tumukunde seeking to halt any further summons by the CID Directorate of Uganda Police over claims that he unlawfully engaged Army veterans in politics, until his main suit is fully heard and disposed of.

Last month Tumukunde petitioned court to block the Director CID or any person acting under or with them from arresting and detaining him during his ongoing consultation exercise as an aspiring presidential candidate.

While dismissing the application, the judge pointed out that the applicant did not avail any evidence to support his case.

“He has only stated that he does not know why he is summoned and that he is a civilian who is not subject to or connected to the UPDF or military law whatsoever. The court’s power should be exercised judicially and in public interest, no injunction causing administrative inconvenience or resulting in public mischief should be granted.”

Ssekaana also emphasized that courts should not be used to restrain public bodies (like Uganda Police) from doing what they are required to do by law.

“The court’s power should be exercised judicially and in public interest, no injunction causing administrative inconvenience or resulting in public mischief should be granted.”

Last week court dismissed the request by Tumukunde’s lawyers to cross examine CID Director Grace Akullo over the affidavit she swore in response to Tumukunde’s accusations.

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