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Tumukunde's Body Guards Remanded

Denis Okello and Charles Ongom Labeja who have been in detention since their arrest on March 12th were on April 29th 2020 charged with obstruction by Nakawa Chief Magistrate Ruth Nabaasa, according to the court documents URN has seen.
Retired Lt General Henry Tumukunde says he is tired of wearing this shirt.
Two bodyguards of jailed Lt General Henry Tumukunde have been charged and remanded to Kitalya Government Prison.   

Denis Okello and Charles Ongom Labeja who have been in detention since their arrest on March 12th were on April 29th 2020 charged with obstruction by Nakawa Chief Magistrate Ruth Nabaasa, according to the court documents seen by URN.

The prosecution alleges that while at Plot 12 Impala Avenue in Kololo Kampala City, on March 12th and 13th the accused wilfully obstructed detective Sergeant, Michael Jackson Okello and Detective Superintendent of Police, Richard Mwesigwa from searching and removing material exhibits from the said premises.

They were picked up together with 10 others including retired Lt General Tumukunde who is also in Luzira prison facing charges of treason and illegal possession of firearms.

The others are; Tororo North County Woman MP, Annet Nyaketcho, her husband Levy Otim, Arthur Kiiza, Nancy Atimango, John Manyala, Zion Oboth, Walter Ebong, Walter Raymond Alere, Rhoda Akello, Joyce Julian Ocoko and Richard Komakech who have since been out on bail.

A day before the bodyguards were charged, High Court Judge Esta Nambayo had issued an order directing the government and the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF to bring them before her court on Tuesday. The order was meant for the government to justify why the bodyguards have been in illegal detention for more than the mandatory 48 hours without any charges levied against them.

Their lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusiima said that they had returned to the High Court to inform Justice Nambayo on this new development only to find that she was absent and had directed that they come back on May 12th.

Turyamusiima says that since their clients have now been produced and charged, he will apply for the bail and also close the file in the High Court. 

Meanwhile, Lt General Henry Tumukunde has appeared before Buganda Road Magistrates Court this morning via video conferencing and complained about solitary confinement.

The General also told the court presided over by City Hall Magistrate Valerian Tumuhimbise that he cannot access his lawyers and family.

Tumuhimbise advised his lawyers to do all it takes and process his bail. The High Court has since fixed May 11th 2020 for ruling on Tumukunde‚Äôs bail application.    

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