KAMPALA — Police have said that Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde is not a freeman and that he has been taken back to SIU custody in Kireka, after witnessing a search for any evidence against him at his residence in Kololo.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that Gen. Tumukunde who faces treason charges related to soliciting support from neighboring countries to overthrow his former boss President Museveni will appear in Civil court since he retired from the military.
Earlier reports had indicated that Gen. Tumukunde who was plucked from his Kololo offices on Thursday night is under house arrest by military.
Enanga, however, dispelled the reports and said that “it is a standard procedure to carry out search in presence of suspects.”
“What we did is normal routine. Right now he has been taken back to custody as he awaits to be arraigned in Court,” Enanga said.
Mr. Enanga in an earlier statement on Friday said Gen. Tumukunde’s arrest follows his utterances in a series of radio and television interviews, which the police say “seek to foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence, fomenting and glorifying violence in general”.
“He is therefore, being charged under Sections 23 (2) b and 23 (3) b, of the Penal code Act, which deals with instigating persons to invade the Republic of Uganda and inciting any persons to make a mutinous assembly.”
Gen. Tumukunde last week announced he will run for president in 2021.