Philip Tumukunde and Amanya Ndahura Tumukunde, the sons of presidential aspirant Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde were on Saturday night arrested by police from their home in Kololo. Sources reveal that the two were whisked away to Jinja Road Police Station.
Since the arrest, family members have been denied access to the two despite efforts to reach to them. Tumukunde’s relatives have also expressed worry about the two noting that they aren’t sure whether the two shall be produced in court.
When contacted, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga told the press that the two sons are in safe custody together with other people, one person on charges of treason while the other faces charges of obstructing arrest
“We are following up the matter and our team is examining their statements. They will be produced in court after the process. Among the 15 are 11 men and four women,” Mr Enanga said.
Gen Tumukunde was arrested on Thursday night by a joint team of Military and police operatives led by CID director Ms Grace Akullo and Elly Womanya, Head of special investigations division of Kampala. The General who has since then been under Custody is charged with making treasonous utterances while appearing on local television.
Among the people who were arrested with Gen Tumukunde is Tororo North Mp, Ms Annett Nyakecho, who was together with the general at his home in Kololo.
The arrest of General Tumukunde comes weeks after he declared his intention to challenge President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the seat of presidency in the coming 2021 general elections. In a press briefing, Tumukunde said his decision was influenced by lack of space in the party to discuss a peaceful transition of pow.
Lt. General Henry Tumukunde served as the Minister of national security, UPDF’s chief of personnel and administration, chief of military intelligence as well as serving as the commanding officer of the UPDF Fourth Division. Tumukunde has also previously served as the director-general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). He was also a Member of Parliament representing the Army in the Parliament of Uganda between 1995 and 2005.
By the time of arrest, Lt.General Henry Tumukunde had retired from serving the Uganda people’s defence forces. (UPDF)