Justice Wilson Kwesiga issued the orders on Monday, saying the decision was prompted by the prevailing Corona virus threat and enforcement of the government ban on public gatherings.
Retired Lt General Henry Tumukunde. File Photo
The High Court Criminal Division has asked for
written submission from all parties in the bail application of former Security Minister,
General. Henry Tumukunde.
Wilson Kwesiga issued the orders on Monday, saying the decision was prompted by
the prevailing Corona virus threat and enforcement of the government ban
He directed Tumukunde through his lawyers from
Wameli and Company Advocates to file written submissions supporting their
documental evidence and serve the State Prosecutors not later than March 28th.
The state is expected to reply not later than April 3rd, 2020. He said
if there any rejoinders from Tumukunde’s team it should be done by April
6th to enable him deliver his ruling on the application on April 14th, 2020.
He also directed that Tumukunde's pretrial proceedings be transferred from
City Hall Court to the Chief Magistrates Court at Buganda Road Court so that
they can be conducted through video conferencing. Tumukunde applied for bail on Friday last week
through his lawyers Anthony Wameli, Alex Luganda and Godfrey Turyamusiima.
court to release him temporarily pending conclusion of his cases, in which
he is jointly charged with treason and unlawful possession of firearms. In his
application Tumukunde contends that he is 61 years of age and that the charges
against him are bailable. He also noted that his Constitutional right to
liberty was infringed upon when he was detained at Kireka Special
Investigations Unit for six days without being charged.
He also observes that
he is a family man legally married to Stella Tumukunde, with whom
they have sired seven children who are finding difficulties to survive since he
is the sole bread winner at home. Apart
from pleading that he is still innocent until proven guilty, Tumukunde also
states that he is a presidential aspirant and yet to start his country wide
consultations in preparation of the 2021 general Elections.
He backs this with
his letter notifying Electoral Commission about his presidential bid. Tumukunde
notes that he is ready to abide by any bail conditions set by court, adding
that he will not interfere with witnesses and prosecution investigations. He also notes that there's likelihood that
his trial will delay since there's no confirmed date as to when it will
Tumukunde’s lawyer, Anthony Wameli told URN that the time frame
issued by Justice Kwesiga is challenging for his client, says three more weeks
for his client in prison is bad enough. Tumukunde found himself in Luzira prison after
he reportedly made statements calling for the unlawful change of the
legitimate Government of Uganda while appearing on the Kamwokya based NBS TV
during the Morning Breeze Program of March 5th 2020.
He reportedly said that "if I was
Rwanda I would wish to support people who want to cause change in Uganda"
a statement which the Prosecution says was aimed at instigating the Republic of
Rwanda to invade Uganda to cause unlawful change of Government. It is also alleged that on March 13, 2020
while at Impala Avenue in Kampala District, Tumukunde was found in illegal
possession of an AK 47 rifle Registration number 19865 and Star Pistol
Registration number EL 860030. Tumukunde has since denied the offenses.