City Hall Grade One Magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise has issued Criminal summons against Presidential Candidate Gen Henry Tumukunde for failing to turn up for hearing his case of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.
The case had come up for hearing today, but Tumukunde was absent which prompted his lawyer Anthony Wameli to seek an adjournment on grounds that his client was engaged in Presidential campaigns in Kagadi district.
In response to this, State Attorney Lilian Omara asked court to issue Criminal summons against Tumukunde since prosecution had already two witnesses ready for hearing.
The trial Magistrate in the ruling decided to issue criminal summons against the accused.
He also ordered the parties to file written submissions in an application brought by Tumukunde in which he asked the court to suspend proceedings against him until high court investigates allegations of human rights abuse occasioned to him upon his arrest.
Court ordered Tumukunde to file his submissions by 30th December and State to respond before 14th December so that court delivers its ruling on 21st December on whether or not to have the proceedings suspended.
Tumukunde contends that he was detained in police cells for six days without being produced to court which he says was a violation of his constitutional rights.
It’s from this that he asked court to suspend his trial and order for compensation.
Tumukunde is charged with unlawful possession of two guns- an AK47 and a pistol and being with 34 rounds of ammunition.
He is also charged with one count of Treason.