By Andrew Irumba
Controversial retired Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has Tuesday declared intentions to contest against his political mentor Rtd.Gen.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the 2021 general elections.
This website reported exclusively on February 25, that Gen. Tumukunde’s bodyguards had been recalled by the army after intelligence reached government that he was planning to contest for the presidency.
It turns out that the intelligence the Spies leaked to this website was 100 per cent true because as you read this, Gen. Tumukunde has already submitted his papers to the Electoral Commission, seeking clearance to conduct nationwide consultations on his Presidential bid.
In a letter seen by this reporter, dated February 28, 2020, written by Gen. Henry Tumukunde to the Electoral Commission, the General seeks permission to conduct presidential consultations as per Section 3 (1), (2) of the Presidential Elections Act 2005.
“The consultations”, he said in his letter, will target various interest groups, with the view of facilitating his decision ahead of the October 2021 Presidential elections.
It should be noted that last year in July Gen. Tumukunde, tactfully and stealthily started presidential consultations in K’la, although he started by telling the nation that he wants to contest for the Kampala Lord Mayoral seat! “That was wongo, I knew he wanted to taste the waters starting with Kla,” his close intimated to this reporter last years as soon as he begun.
“I join all well-meaning Ugandans to support the fundamental change which we promised Ugandans in the past and a peaceful transition from one generation to another,” Tumukunde said as he consulted voters in Kampala last year.
However, as if trying to disassociate himself from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the General earlier in the day posted a teaser in form of a famous quote on his social media platforms, implying that he has no personal connections to President Yoweri Museveni.
“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. For I have always supported measures and Principles and not men,” he posted, quoting former US President Ronald Reagan. Watch the space….