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Court Martial: Brig. Tumukunde Has A Case To Answer

sildenafil http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/formatting.php geneva;”>Tumukunde on Wednesday appeared before the court martial in Makindye for the hearing of a case.

The military court’s boss Brig. Fred Tolit has today told the firebrand general, who was in company of his lawyer Oscar Kambona that state had provided all the “required” evidence to pin him for not only betraying the fundamental underpinnings of the NRA struggle but also spreading harmful proganda against the army.

Prosecution alleges that while still a serving army official, Tumukunde reportedly made certain remarks on radio without authorization from his bosses which the UPDF Command regarded as contrary to the Army Code of Conduct and as disparaging to the name and reputation of the UPDF.

He was on May 27, 2005 summoned to a meeting attended by UPDF High command and directed to resign from Parliament.

On the following day, Tumukunde wrote to the Speaker of Parliament purportedly resigning his Parliamentary seat.

The letter was copied to the UPDF Commander- in- Chief President Yoweri Museveni and to the UPDF Council.

It would appear that following the meeting of the UPDF Command and its directive, Tumukunde was later arrested and placed under military detention.

On May 30 2005, the general was charged before the UPDF’s General Court Martial with several offences that included conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline 66 (1), (2) and (5) of the UPDF (cap.307).

According to prosecution, Tumukunde also reportedly made oral statements ill of the Army or Government of Uganda, when he said:

“I am sure you know how many people call themselves very pro the President and I am sure even in the Forces People who have got either sympathy or levels of patronage, so you would not want to leave such a person hovering on top of a force. It interferes even with orders and main direction of the force… and I do know how much time one needs in power really to make a difference”.

It remains unclear why the court took over five years to determine whether the general had a case to answer or not.

Nevertheless, Tumukunde startled the nation in April when he blasted Museveni and his government for betraying ideals that inspired the 1981 – 86 bush war that ushered NRA in power.

“I am a victim of not getting free competition. If I was given free competition, I am sure I would have made an impact,” Tumukunde told a gathering during the installation of Mathew Rukikaire as honorary canon of St. Emmanuel Cathedral in Kinyansano, Rukungiri District.

“Those who reach people who deny us free competition please communicate this because we fought for freedom such that freedom may rain on us. The lack of free competition disadvantaged people like Rukikaire,” Tumukunde said in a veiled attack on Museveni.

Military sources say Tumukunde was indirectly telling Museveni that the former’s presidential ambitions have been frustrated by the army leadership’s refusal to allow his retirement.

As if this was not provocative enough, Tumukunde hailed Museveni’s arch rival Col. Kizza Besigye as a “good doctor” who saved hundreds of lives during the bush war struggle.

“When we were in the bush, I was shot. We never had many doctors but the first doctor to treat me was Dr Kizza Besigye. He was a very good doctor I don’t know why he chose to go into murky politics,” said Tumukunde said

The case resumes on January 10.

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