Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde last evening joined Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu in suspending their presidential campaigns in protest of the continued detention of their fellow candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate was arrested in Luuka district in Eastern Uganda where he gone to campaign. At the same time, the police arrested Patrick Amuriat Oboi of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the Northern Uganda district of Gulu for allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines.
Amuriat was released shortly before 10:00pm from Gulu police station while Kyagulanyi remains in detention at Nalufenya in Jinja, Eastern Uganda.
Tumukunde said he had decided to suspend his Thursday campaign program so that he can engage other opposition members in the race on possible unified action.
Tumukunde was expected to hold rallies in Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts.
“We will suspend campaigns pending the release of [Kyagulanyi] and we shall continue to further consult to get a more formal decision on police stopping us from reaching the people even when we are following all the rules as possible,” Tumukunde said
Tumukunde accused the police of intentionally trying to frustrate the forces of opposition under the guise of implementing Covid-19 guidelines.
Earlier Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) flag bearer Gen. Mugisha Muntu also announced that he was suspending his campaign trail until further notice.