KOLOLO— Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde has said that military officers that surrounded his office in Kololo on Thursday evening, have arrested him.
“I have been arrested. This will not stop our resolve,” the former Security Minister said on his Facebook wall.
The military is yet to pronounce the reason behind this action.
Gen. Tumukunde last week confirmed plans to take on his former boss President Museveni was slated to appear on BBS Teleffayina for an interview on his political ambitions.
“Comrades, I have been surrounded by army officers at my private office in Kololo,” he said on social media asking his supporters to “Stay United.”
His arrest comes a day after Electoral Commission cleared him to consult the electorate on his 2021 presidential bid.
Justice Simon Byabakama, the EC Chairperson in a letter, clarified on March 10, that Gen. Tumukunde can only exchange views with the electorate but no campaign or distribute materials or hold rallies.
Tumukunde has been arrested on the day the US government released a report accusing the Uganda government of harassing opposition leaders and their supporters through torturing their supporters and denying them freedoms of peaceful assembly and association.
In its 2019 report titled ‘2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,’ the US government refers to the continued arrest, torture and killing of supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, and Dr Kizza Besigye of the People’s Government.