Former Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has snubbed Summons by the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID, where he was wanted to respond to reports that he was holding covert meetings with Army veterans.
Lt Gen Tumukunde was expected to appear before the directorate at 11 a.m. today. However, he sent lawyers; Friday Roberts Kagoro and Anthony Wameli to report his inability to show up on grounds that the summons was not clear. According to the lawyers, the said summons was copied to the Chief of Defence Forces yet Tumukunde is no longer a serving military officer.
Lt Gen Tumukunde is one of the 58 people who have so far expressed interest in contesting for the presidency, as Uganda goes to the polls in 2021. However, last evening, he expressed fear that the state was plotting to arrest him, as soon as he presented himself to the Criminal Investigations Directorate.
Through a statement read by Beatrice Kiraso, the Chief of Staff in his campaign team branded the Renewed Uganda, Tumukunde stated that he has in the past been blocked from holding lawful meetings with coordinators in different parts of the country, unlawfully arrested on several occasions, and charged on ‘trumped-up’ offences.
Tumukunde equally reiterated a warning to the government to be sensitive about the country’s stability especially after an election process has gone wrong.
Today, Kagoro said he believed Tumukunde’s fears when he found military officers in a room where he was expected to be interviewed from. But CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said police did not agree with Lt Gen Tumukunde’s lawyers.
“We’re still expecting Lt Gen Tumukunde to show up. If he doesn’t we might consider other options among others arrest,” Twine said