Brigadier Henry Tumukunde wants government to meet the costs of his eight year trial or allegedly spreading harmful propaganda and breaching the army code of conduct.
Tumukunde is asking for the costs as a way of compensation for the unfair treatment that the General Court Martial has subjected him to by delaying his trial since 2005 when he allegedly committed the crime.
The former internal security organisation (ISO) chief was on Tuesday appearing before a panel of 7 members led by Brigadier Fred Tolit, the General Court Martial chairman. Tumukunde also highlighted the plight of over 3000 inmates going through the same mistreatment.
In response to Tumukunde’s reaction, Brig. Tolit absolved the court martial saying it’s the accused’s numerous attempts to block this trial through petitioning other higher courts that caused the delay.
The case was adjourned to March 14, 2013 for court to receive legal advice on how to proceed.
The charges against Brigadier Tumukunde stem from a talk show he attended on Radio One in 2005. He is alleged to have appeared on the talk show then hosted by David Mushabe, without authorisation from the appropriate authorities. While on the talk show Tumukunde allegedly made a public speech and/or statements that are prejudicial to order and discipline of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
His case has outlived four chairpersons of the Court Martial starting with General Elly Tumwine in 2005. Other officers who have handled the case include Lt. General Ivan Koreta, deputy chief of defense forces, Brigadier Bernard Rwehururu, Major General Charles Angina and Brigadier Fred Tolit.