Despite being perceived as one the weakest candidates in the 2021 presidential race, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has vowed to deny the incumbent and NRM candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the majority vote of 50% +1.
According to the 2005 Presidential Elections Act, a candidate is declared to be president only if they score votes which exceed 50%.
This means that even if a candidate leads but with votes which are 50% and below, there has to be a re-run between the leading two candidates.
Although the leading competition as per now is between NRM’s Museveni and National Unity Platform’s Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, Tumukunde who leads the Renewed Uganda Pressure group says he too is a threat that Museveni must be concerned about.
“I believe that we can win this election, but what I am much sure of is that 51 percent for President Museveni is not currently available,” he said.
The candidates in the race are Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (incumbent), Gen Tumukunde, Robert Kyagulanyi (NUP), Patrick Amuriat Oboi (FDC), Joseph Kabuleta (Indep), Fred Mwesigye (Indep), Nancy Kalembe (indep) John Katumba (indep), Norbert Mao (DP) and Willy Mayambala (indep).
Regarding the crowds at campaigns which tend to show the support of candidates on the country, Tumukunde said his small numbers have been as a result of Covid19.
“I am very happy with the way our campaign is build up; if it was not the Covid-19 pandemic, I can sure you we would be having very good turn up,” he told his supporters in Palisa district on Thursday this week.
Tumukunde has also repeatedly attacked media houses for ignoring his rallies.
During his Soroti campaign, Tumukunde openly attacked NBS and NTV for ignoring his stories which he called “initial rigging”