KAMPALA- Presidential hopeful Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde will today, August 12 launch a pressure group to boost his campaigns for the presidency in the 2021 general elections.
The pressure group will be launched at a press briefing at his Kololo offices to unveil what Gen. Tumukunde described as a ” blueprint on how to wrestle the Presidency from Gen. Museveni in an election that is expected to be won on the tightest of margins.”
According to Gen. Tumukunde, President Museveni long veered off the ideals that inspired the Bush War and has rather taken the country on the precipice with endemnoic corruption, abuse of office, sectarianism, impunity tearing Ugandans apart.
On March 3, Gen. Tumukunde declared his intention to stand for presidency in 2021.
Barely a week after his declaration, Gen. Tumukunde was then arrested and charged with treason and being in possession of government weapons.
Prosecution stated that on 5th day of March 2020 at Impala Avenue Kololo in Kampala, Gen. Tumukunde was found in possession a modified AK 47 rifle and a Star pistol without valid firearm certificates.
The state further alleged that while appearing on NBS Television, Tumukunde made utterances that if he was Rwanda, he would wish to cause change in Uganda.
President Museveni, commenting on the matter said the retired general went “beyond” in his criticism of government the reason he was arrested.
Dismissing the notion that his government harasses all those that express interest in challenging his seat, Mr. Museveni said in an interview with NBS Television:
“Bobi Wine said that he wants to be President but he has not been arrested. For Tumukunde, he went beyond in his attacks on government but I don’t want to talk much about it because the matter is before court,” Mr Museveni said.
Gen Tumukunde is an experienced politician having been a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Constitution between 1994-1996 and later served as Army MP between 1996-2005.
Before joining politics in 1994, Lt Gen Tumukunde was sent on a Command and Staff Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in Kaduna, Nigeria.
He emerged as one of the best students there and later returned to Uganda where he became the Army’s director of planning.