High Court Orders Gov’t to Produce Tumukunde’s Guards for Trial

The High Court in Kampala has ordered the Attorney General to present the two body guards of presidential aspirant Lt Gen (rtd) Henry Tumukunde for trial.

Justice Esta Nambayo directed that Denis Okello and Charles Labeja Ongom be produced before the court on April 29 after their lawyers if Wameli & Co. Advocates on Thursday secured the habeas corpus application.

“Upon hearing the submissions of Mr Anthony Wameli appearing together with Mr Geofrey Turyamusiima, counsel for the applicants, it is ordered that the Attorney General to have the body of the two applicants produced before the High Court in Kampala on the 29 day of April 2020,”  the judge ordered.

In a sworn affidavit filed on April 22 in court, Mr Geofrey Turyamusiima, the lawyer to the bodyguards, said that their detention is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and an infringement of their personal liberty.

He said that the two bodyguards are being held incommunicado and have not been produced in any court or charged in any competent court  and  no explanation has been accorded to them for their illegal detention at Mbuya Military Barracks.

“The applicants with others were detained at the said offices through the night of Thursday March 12 up to Friday March 13. The applicants were taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Kibuli were they each recorded plain statements and wet kept upto about 10:00pm thus transferring them to Kira Road Police Station ,” Mr Turyamusiima said.

“That while the applicants and others were waiting in the court holding cells to be presented before the magistrate, security operatives came and whisked them away and took them back to Mbuya Military Barracks where they are being held to date,” Mr Turyamusiima said.

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