Renewed Uganda pressure group presidential candidate Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has dismissed claims which have been going around that he has a blood relationship with the First Family.
Tumukunde clarified yesterday that his only connection to President Museveni was from when he joined him in the bush aged 22, shorty after he left university.
“You said Janet is my sister? Why don’t you read her book? You think she would forget an important person like me and not include me; she wrote a book,” he noted.
Gen Tumukunde added that Ugandans have often placed him in a lot of difficulties by linking him to the first family.
He made these remarks while responding to issues raised by his supporters in Amuria district as he commenced his campaign trail in the district on Friday this week.
Tumukunde, who previously served as as head of Internal Security Organisation and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence is married to Stella Tumukunde, a cousin to Janet Museveni.
Tumukunde said even if he was related to the First Family as alleged, he would still have a right to have a different political view, as he has over the past.
“The first time I had a disagreement with President Museveni was in 2002. I was arrested at kept either in prison or Court for over eight years and even recently, I was in Luzira for another two months,” he said.
According to Lt. Gen. Tumukunde, the most important thing is not whether people are relatives but rather what values one stands for.