The opposition is consulting on the possibility of pulling out of the 2021 presidential elections, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has revealed.
Speaking moments after the police blocked his motorcade from entering Bundibugyo for his scheduled campaign meeting in the mountainous western Uganda district, Tumukunde said that there are ongoing consultations between the opposition candidates to boycott the elections.
“We are consulting with our colleagues in the opposition to boycott this election; this conversation is going on, imagine one stop-over and they [police] have blocked it,” Tumukunde, an independent candidate said.
The police deployed heavily at Murondo outside Bundibugyo and was told that he was not supposed to go beyond that point and instructed him to speak to the people from there.
On Tuesday, the former Security minister had altercations with the police in Fort Portal after his manifesto launch at the city’s Boma grounds.
The police had deployed bouncers alongside armed police personnel to block him from driving into the city.
Tumukunde’s blockade in Bundibugyo came barely an hour after the arrest Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform (NUP) who was picked from his campaign venue in Luuka district and detained at Nalufenya in Jinja.
On Tuesday, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi was briefly detained by the police to prevent him from campaigning in Kitgum district.