Security is preferring treason charges on former Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde for allegedly seeking the support of Rwanda President Paul Kagame to overthrow President Museveni.
“We would like to inform the public that on the 12.03.2020, at around 7pm, a joint security task team led by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, arrested Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde for alleged Treason,” said police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga.
He said Tumukunde’s premises at Kololo were secured for further search this morning, for any additional evidence of material value.
The arrest follows his utterances in a series of radio and television interviews, which seek to foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence, fomenting and glorifying violence in general.
He in addition, calls on the support of a neighbouring country to support him in removing the current leadership with or without the ballot.
He is therefore, being charged under Sections 23 (2) b and 23 (3) b, of the Penal code Act, which deals with instigating persons to invade the Republic of Uganda and inciting any persons to make a mutinous assembly.
“As always our number one priority is the safety and security of all Ugandans. And we would like to thank our task teams for their swift action, upon recognizing the impact of the inflammatory and provocative rhetoric by the suspect on members of the Armed forces and the wider public,” Enanga said.
He added: “This should also act as a deterrent to others who would like to promote views that seek to naturalize violence in our country, Uganda.”
“Is the problem between Uganda and Rwanda a security problem?” queried Tumukunde while appearing on NBS television recently.
“I thought it was bigger than that. If I was Rwandan, I would support people who wish to foster change in Uganda,” he noted.
He said the issue [between Rwanda and Uganda] is that of management and leadership.
“The collection of intelligence should be intensified so that when we have issues, they are based on facts.”