At 2:19pm, the Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama declared former Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde Kakurugu, a duly nominated presidential candidate, nearly one and a half hours after he was turned away from the nomination table.
Tumukunde arrived about 30 minutes early for his nomination which had been initially fixed for 1pm but the exercise was halted after the EC identified an anomaly in his documents.
This was after Umaru Kiyimba, the head of election management at the EC alerted Byabakama who then asked Tumukunde to go to a commissioner of Oaths to rectify the anomaly.
“The good thing is that you came in time, so you still have ample time; about one hour to sort out whatever is required,” Byabakama said without elaborating what he has to sort out.
However, he added that Tumukunde needed to go in person to the Commissioner of Oaths because, whatever he had to sort out can’t be delegated to anybody. Tumukunde, who is accompanied to Kyambogo by his wife Stella, tweeted moments later that the anomaly is slight and will be sorted.
Also in his company were officials from his election taskforce Omar Kalinge Nyago, former deputy secretary-general of the East African Community, Beatrice Kiraso, Nakitenda Sumayyah, Luganda Alex, Muzamil Ismail and Steven Byakutaaga.
An hour later, Tumukunde returned and picked a clock as his symbol for the 2021 presidential elections.