“Look at all this! As if the Congo army has invaded Nyakatonze. What’s all this deployment for?” Wondered Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde as he arrived in Kasese for his scheduled campaign meetings.
On his was to the first venue, the presidential candidate met a heavy deployment of armed police personnel that attempted to block him from proceeding.
“Why are you blocking the roads? Get off this car,” a seemingly charged Tumukunde told a policeman before inviting his supporters to come close.
Tumukunde’s Monday programme according to the Electoral Commission (EC) harmonized schedule was meant to take him through the districts of Kasese and Bunyangabu.
Tumukunde and his guards got involved in a tense face off when police led by Kasese district police commander (DPC) Tyson Rutambika who wanted to divert the former Security minister onto a feeder road off the highway.
One of Tumukunde’s guards roughed up Rutambika during a heated exchange when police blocked Tumukunde’s convoy from proceeding into Nyakatonze
Tumukunde confronted the police commander as he wondered why police patrol vehicles that were constantly trailing him all along the way.
The police tried to assure him that they were for his safety but Tumukunde retorted by saying that he did not require extra security noting that had been handed guards by the EC.
Tumukunde headed to Bwera, the venue of his second rally which was also sealed off by the police forcing him to head to Bunyangabu district.