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By Mulengera Reporter

Presidential hopeful Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde has described the events following his arrest last Thursday as speaking volumes of the character of President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s longest serving leader since independence.

Tumukunde, a former security minister, faces treason charges following his arrest last week for reportedly soliciting the help of “a neighboring country to support him in removing the current leadership with or without the ballot,” according to a statement issued by Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga on Friday.

“The arrest follows his utterances in a series of radio and television interviews [including one on NBS television], which seek to foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence, fomenting and glorifying violence in general,” added Enanga.

Since his arrest, Tumukunde’s chief campaigners and family members, including his two sons, Amanya Nduhuura Tumukunde and Phillips Tumukunde, his taskforce coordinator and Tororo North MP Annet Nyaketcho, have been held in police cells at Jinja Road, Kira Road and Kabalagala Police Stations.

Nduhuura, who contested in the 2016 Western Youth MP election, has reportedly been charged with treason. Nduhuura lost to Mwine Mpaka, Minister Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama’s son, in a chaotic poll that saw Tumukunde shot in the leg in Fort Portal.

“Whilst Hon Nyakecho and 12 others remain detained by police without charge, we now understand that Amanya Tumukunde Nduhura has also been charged with treason,” Tumukunde tweeted on Sunday.

“Police should explain why the Honourable MP and 12 others have been held since Thursday, March 12 without charge.”

Tumukunde’s Kololo-based home and office have been searched by security forces and remain heavily guarded.

Meanwhile, security personnel have surrounded Tumukunde’s upcountry home and farm in Nyakiju, Rukungiri District, and Kiruhura, respectively.

“No one is allowed in or out and any economic activity has been stopped,” said Tumukunde.

“How petty can one get?” wondered the former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) chief, in apparent reference to Museveni.

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