High Court sitting in Kampala has granted a Shs 50million Non- cash bail to embattled Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde who has been imprisoned at Luzira since March.
Lt Gen. Henry Tumukunde, also the former security minister was earlier today Monday, May 11 appearing before High Court for the consideration of his bail application.
Justice Wilson Kwesiga okayed Gen. Tumukunde’s bail application reconsidering an earlier decision to present serving army officers as sureties.
On April 14th, court denied Tumukunde’s bail application on grounds of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown and that he must provide surerities at his rank or above to be considered for a bail. This he later failed as none of the serving and non serving army officers at his level or above was ready to stand surety of Tumukunde.
He later petioned court seeking to be released on the bail complaining of his healthy. However, on May 6th, court through a Virtual conferencing denied him bail again and adjourned the hearing to today.
During court session today, the court approved Mrs Stella Tumukunde -his wife, Mr Hannington Karuhanga -brother, and Mathew Rukikaire as substantial sureties.
Justice Wilson Kwesiga based on these sureties to grant him a non-cash bail worth Ugx 50m.
Lt Gen Tumukunde’s arrest came moments after he declared his interests to contest for presidency in 2021 Presidential elections.
His declarations & arrest however didn’t genre a warm welcome from the members of the public and sections of the opposition politicians who described him as a “State Project” meant to spy on the opposition.
In a previous court proceeding, Justice Wilson Kwesiga dismissed his application on account that he had not presented at least two sureties, who are army officers at his military rank of Lieutenant General or higher (General).
Justice Kwesiga earlier asked Gen Tumukunde to look for Army Generals above his rank to become his surerity and he presented Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu the former Army Commander but Court rejected him.