Retired Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has been remanded to Luzira Prison after being charged with treason and unlawful possession of firearms on Wednesday afternoon.
The former Security Minister, who was helped by two men to walk to at City Hall courtroom, was arrested this past Thursday after urging Rwanda to take interest in removing president Museveni from power.
Prosecution today said Tumukunde on March 5, 2020 at NBS television said, “If I was Rwanda, I would wish to support people who want to cause change in Uganda”.
The state contends the statement was “aimed at instigating the Republic of Rwanda to invade the Republic of Uganda to cause unlawful change of government.”
These remarks came against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the two countries.
Tumukunde, who recently declared a presidential bid, was last week admitted at Kampala Hospital for treatment of a swollen leg.
Video: Former Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde being helped to walk to City Court Hall on Wednesday afternoon in Kampala
The former head of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence was further charged with unlawful possession of firearms “contrary to section 3 (1) of the Firearms Amendment Act Cap 299.
It is alleged Tumukunde on March 13, 2020 at Impala Avenue Kololo in the Kampala District had in his possession a modified AK 47 rifle number 19865—U3618 without holding a valid firearm certificate.”
The state said Tumukunde also had a “star pistol number EL – 860030 without holding a valid firearm certificate.”
The charges were read to Tumukunde by Magistrate, Valerian Tuhimbise.
Tumukunde, who in 2016 elections served as President Museveni’s campaign mobiliser, denied the unlawful possession of firearms.
The Magistrate advised Tumukunde not to take plea on the treason charge as it is a capital offense only triable by the High Court.
The Court sent Tumukunde to Luzira Maximum Security Prison till March 30, 2020 when he will reappear for mention of the case.
Lawyers representing Tumukunde yesterday petitioned Nakawa Magistrates court seeking for his unconditional release together with 13 others.
In an application filed by Turyamusiima Geoffrey from Wameli and Company Advocates, the lawyers accused Police of holding their clients beyond the mandatory 48 hours without being produced in court
The listed detainees include among others Gen Tumukunde, Hon Annet Nyakecho, Otim Levy, Ebong Walter, Alere Walter Raymond, Okello Dennis, Manyala John, Kiiza Arthur, Ocoko Joyce, Akello Rhoda and Antimango Nancy.
ChimpReports understands the co-accused were taken to Nakawa Court for prosecution.
The respondents in the matter include The Attorney General, Commandant in Charge of Special Investigations Directorate (SID) as well as Officers in Charge of both Jinja Road and Kira Road Police stations and Director CIID.