Gen Tumukunde Faces Treason Charges

Former Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, who was this Thursday evening arrested from his private office in Kololo, Kampala, faces treason charges.

Tumukunde’s premises on Impala Avenue were raided by the military and police detectives before the retired General was put under house arrest.

A police detective told Tumukunde that he faced charges of “treason after instigating and inciting population utterances against the government.”

While appearing on a television talk show in Kampala, Tumukunde appeared to ask for support from Rwanda.

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

Uganda’s current relations with Rwanda are at their lowest and the prospect of an all-out war is yet to be ruled out.

Tumukunde was today handed over to police Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID).

Detectives at CIID headquarters in Kibuli are expected to interrogate and extract statements from Tumukunde regarding his recent public comments.

The arrest comes after Tumukunde declared his presidential bid in the 2021 polls.

The General, who fought in the National Resistance Army (NRA) Bush war that brought Museveni to power in 1986, has in recent days held interviews with media houses.

His military guards were withdrawn recently, prompting him to quickly declare his presidential ambitions.

During a recent appearance on television, Tumukunde said he intended to mobilize for support in the security services for his presidential bid, statements that must have rattled the establishment.

In the 2016 polls, Tumukunde actively campaigned for President Museveni before being rewarded with the position of Security Minister.

He was gored less than two years on the job alongside his rival, former police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura.

The former head of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), however, recently said he tricked Museveni to be retired from the armed forces.

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