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Court summons First Son Muhoozi over birthday celebration ‘campaigns’

The Constitutional Court has summoned the First Son and Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to respond to a petition in which he is accused of participating in political activities while he is still a serving officer in the army.

Last Thursday, a concerned lawyer, Gawaya Tegulle, petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking an order directing Lt General Muhoozi Kainerugaba to desist from carrying on political activities while he is still a serving officer in the army.

In his petition, Tegulle also wants Muhoozi prosecuted for treason because of the activities on his Twitter handle, which he says are political in nature and aimed at taking over power as successor to his father, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, using methods and means that are not consistent with the constitution.

Luyimbazi Nalukoola, the lawyer representing the petitioner Gawaya, says they have since secured the summons and are ready to serve Gen Muhoozi.

According to the court documents, Muhoozi has been given 10 days to file his defense upon receipt of the summons.

Also summoned is the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Wilson Mbadi and the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka.

The suit has come at the time when Muhoozi and his supporters have had several bashes in different parts of the country since last month celebrating his 48th birthday, events that have been characterized by many crowds and people wearing his t-shirts with inscriptions that he is their next president for Uganda.

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