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More Tumukunde charges dropped

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th October 2006 03:00 AM

THE General Court Martial yesterday dropped charges of neglect of duty and disobeying lawful orders against Brig. Henry Tumukunde.

THE General Court Martial yesterday dropped charges of neglect of duty and disobeying lawful orders against Brig. Henry Tumukunde.

By Hillary Kiirya & Maurice Okore
THE General Court Martial yesterday dropped charges of neglect of duty and disobeying lawful orders against Brig. Henry Tumukunde.
The two charges had come up for hearing when the prosecution said they were under instructions to drop the charges.
This leaves Tumukunde, the former Internal security Organisation chief, with only one case of spreading harmful propaganda on radio stations while an army representative in Parliament. The case will be heard on November 21. Tumukunde, who looked relieved, would not talk. He is represented by McDusman Kabega, Oscar Kambona and Emmanuel Twarebireho.
The prosecution said while he was the chief of personnel at the army headquarters in Bombo, between 1996 and 1998, Tumukunde neglected to ascertain the UPDF strength.
it said on October 12, 2003, in Kampala, Tumukunde disobeyed lawful orders by refusing to appear before the UPDF’s High Command committee investigating ghost soldiers on the army payroll.
Tumukunde arrived at the court in a white Toyota Crown UAE 294R, shortly after court chairman Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta. Unlike before when lawyers, suspects, reporters and sympathisers waited all day, the new chairman was at the court by 8:30am and started court on time, leaving out many latecomers.
Tumukunde’s lawyers also asked the court to allow him move out of his home freely. Koreta promised a ruling next session.
Outside court, the lawyers commended Koreta (right) for time-keeping, saying, “There is now an atmosphere of justice in this place. The chairman keeps time. He has shown seriousness in his work.”
Earlier, the previous court acquitted Tumukunde of four charges related to the creation of ghost soldiers on the army payroll. Prosecution of the case was conducted by Christopher Madrama and Sam Serwanga Sengende from Katende Ssempebwa and Company Advocates. They were assisted by Maj. Richard Kacunguka.
Delivering the verdict, the then court chairman, Gen. Elly Tumwine, said prosecution had failed to prove the cases.
Yesterday, a witness, Bob Mushabe, turned up to testify about the radio talkshow case. The state, however, adjourned the hearing to allow it to amend the charges.
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More Tumukunde charges dropped

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