Just days after presidential hopeful Rtd Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde snubbed summons to the Police CID headquarters, he has now decided to rush to court seeking to suspend all summons against him.
Through his lawyers of Wameli and Company Advocates, Tumukunde is suing the Government through the Attorney, together with CID Director AIGP Grace Akullo and wants court issue a number of directives and declarations in protection of his rights
In his notice of motion, Tumukunde wants court to declare the summons dated 18th August 2020 and their contents as a violation of his rights provided for under the 1995 constitution.
“A declaration that the summons dated 18/08/ 2020, the act of summoning the applicant to the criminal investigation Division (CID) offices amount to political persecution.”
He also wants an order directing the Respondents to personally and individually pay him general damages of 70 million shillings as punitive damages.
On 17th this month, Tumukunde was arrested in Njeru in Kayunga district and detained by Uganda Police for over 8 hours.
Thereafter, he received summons requiring him to appear before CID headquarters for allegedly engaging UPDF veterans in politics.
General is said to have met the veterans at his home in Kololo.
At first, Tumukunde sent his lawyer Friday Robert Kagoro to represent him and he was expected to return on Wednesday this week but he didn’t turn up.
Police has since warned the General against disobedience of the law and vowed to take further action against him in case he fails to give proper explanation for jumping the summons.