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By Mulengera Reporter

Presidential hopeful Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde has appealed to his supporters to stay “calm” as the State starts a protracted legal battle to convict the former Security Minister of treason. Arrested last week in Kampala, Tumukunde’s Kololo home and office, as well as his country home in Rukungiri and farm in Kiruhura have been searched by security agencies.

Gen Tumukunde at City Hall Court  this afternoon

Hours after his arrest, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the former Internal Security Organization (ISO) boss would face treason charges for allegedly soliciting the help of “a neighboring country to support him in removing the current leadership with or without the ballot.”

Gen Tumukunde has been charged with Treason and unlawful possession of firearms

His two sons, and national campaign coordinator Annet Nyakecho were also detained in connection with the general’s case. President Yoweri Museveni had previously warned Nyakecho against working with Tumukunde, his bush war comrade. (See: KEEP AWAY FROM GEN TUMUKUNDE, M7 WARNS TORORO MP NYAKECHO).

Tumukunde, who was hospitalized for days at Kololo Hospital, was brought before City Hall Court in Kampala on Wednesday. Reporters have been barred from covering proceedings as the former Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) boss appears in the temple of justice more than the mandatory 48 hours since his arrest and detention, including at his home.

A frail-looking Tumukunde arrived at court premises being supported by two men. The Museveni ally-turned-challenger collapsed at the weekend and has been receiving treatment. At the start of March, Tumukunde declared he would challenge Museveni, Uganda’s leader since 1986, in next year’s presidential election.

It has also emerged that security operatives denied fellow presidential aspirant and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, access to Tumukunde’s Kololo Hospital bed. Tumukunde and Bobi Wine have so far been reluctant to rule out a possible coalition.

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