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VIDEO: Gen Tumukunde: What’s Wrong with Standing for President?

Former Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has said there is nothing wrong with having a presidential ambition and also that he has full rights to challenge President Museveni and other potential candidates in the coming 2021 general actions.

ChimpReports on Thursday broke the story of Tumukunde stealthily preparing to stand for president and using mayoral candidature as a cover up.

Appearing on political talk show, NTV On The Spot on the same day, the general credited for establishing Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), said all Ugandans have equal rights to pursue any political position.

“What is wrong with standing for President that some people have made it a weapon to throw at others?” Tumukunde asked.

Tumukunde who quoted the ChimpReports story, went ahead and confidently answered his own question saying standing for president is not a crime.

“I have seen ChimpReports put a shouting story with all my ranks that I want to become president. There is nothing wrong with standing for president,” he said.

Tumukunde emphasized that he is also a Ugandan and automatically a stakeholder in everything concerning the country.

“Don’t forget I’m a Ugandan not a Kenyan. I’m an investor in the business called Uganda and with the right to participate,” he stressed.

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NTV ON THE SPOT: Discussing the Kampala Mayoral race, security and succession politicsStream live: www.ntv.co.ug/live

Posted by NTV Uganda on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tumukunde was on August 30th 2015 promoted to a Lieutenant General and subsequently retired from the military, something he had fought for almost a decade, in a move seen as Museveni’s reconciliation action.

He was also made to lead Museveni’s underground team in the 2016 general elections and in June the same year appointed Security Minister.

Tumukunde was however unceremoniously sacked on March 17th 2018 in a Cabinet reshuffle that also saw the removal of Gen. Kale Kayihura as Inspector General of Police.

Tumukunde’s tone during the show exhibited soft anger towards the system under Museveni but also his approach to address the current challenges seems to departure from the views of known antagonists like Dr. Kizza Besigye and MP Robert Kyagulanyi.

NTV ON THE SPOT: Discussing the Kampala Mayoral race, security and succession politicsStream live: www.ntv.co.ug/live

Posted by NTV Uganda on Thursday, July 25, 2019

“Blaming the system is not for everyone. At times what matters is different,” said Tumukunde.

In his closing remarks, Tumukunde quintessentially disclosed his bigger ambition when he considerably changed his tone and critically touched on areas including the national voting demographic pattern and economy.

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