By Sania Babirye
Jailed senior army retired officer Lt.general Henry Tumukunde has today expressed before court frustrations on how he is being treated in detention at Luzira prison on charges of treason and illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.
Gen. Tumukunde while appearing via a video visual link before city hall court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise has informed court that he is being held in solitary confinement in Luzira prison.
Tumukunde has further informed court that he is not being treated like other prisoners since he has been denied access to either his family members, lawyers and personal doctor.
He has further expressed concern that he does not have any changing clothes and is forced to re appear in court dressed in the same shirt yet it is his constitutional right to get another.
Meanwhile, state has informed court that investigations into his treason case are still ongoing asking for more time.
Now the magistrate has advised Tumukunde’s lawyers to apply for bail for their client and adjourned the matter to the 20th of this month.
He had returned today for further mention of his cases at Buganda road court.
Tumukunde is charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.
On 18th of this month, Tumukunde was remanded to Luzira prison after he pleaded not guilty to five counts.
On the treason charge, Prosecution states that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local TV stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made utterances which were calculated to instigated the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause a unlawful change of government
On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, its states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo,was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol . Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license
Tumukunde however told court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired Gen .
Treason, is a capital case bailable and triable only by the High Court .