Police authorities have put former Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde on notice that the decision to allow or block his planned consultations for his presidential bid will hinge on the response of the Electoral Commission (EC).
Speaking to Daily Monitor last evening, police spokesperson Fred Enanga reminded Gen Tumukunde that the EC had not yet responded to his interest.
The EC spokesperson, Mr. Jotham Taremwa, confirmed Gen Tumukunde’s letter and clarified that “[he] was not seeking our clearance. It was a notification as required by the law. But we shall respond to him [at an appropriate time].”
Police have on several occasions blocked Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, from conducting consultations for his presidential bid. Police explained that Bobi Wine didn’t have clearance to hold the meetings.
On February 28, Gen Tumukunde, who ran President Museveni’s 2016 re-election campaign, wrote to EC chairman Simon Byabakama, notifying him about his impending consultations as a presidential aspirant.
The former security minister whose guards were removed last week had previously indicated that he would contest for Kampala Lord Mayor.
Explaining the switch of interest to the Commander in Chief’s job, Gen Tumukunde revisited the bitter history of a country he seeks to lead and the bush war struggle against what he termed forces of tyranny, oppression, and exploitation.
Source : DM