As he launched his political pressure group, former Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde claimed responsibility for Uganda’s relatively stable security situation.
“I am the Doctor of Uganda’s security,” Tumukunde told supporters that graced the media launch of his ‘Renewed Uganda,’ a political platform that he hopes to ride on as he seeks to unseat his former Commander-In-Chief, President Yoweri Museveni.
“I hear so many people talk about security… no one can guarantee security of this country except me,” said Tumukunde whose boasts of a long career as a spy chief.
The former Security Minister previously served Museveni as head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) which was renamed Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI). From DMI, he was deployed as director general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) before landing into problems with the establishment when he, as Army MP, opposed the 2005 Constitutional amendment that lifted the presidential term limits.
He was later jailed over charges related to disobedience and spreading harmful propaganda. The eight-year trial by the Military Court Martial in April 2013, when he was sentenced to severe reprimand.
Two years later in 2015, Tumukunde joined Museveni’s campaign team, traversing the entire country to drum up support for the man who later appointed him Security minister until March 2018 when he dropped him alongside Gen. Kale Kayihura who was at the time the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Out of cabinet, Tumukunde renewed his long held presidential ambition which led to his arrest on March 12, 2020 over treason charges and illegal possession of firearms.
In the company of his wife Stella, Tumukunde arrived amidst pomp courtesy of a cultural dance troupe that danced to kiganda traditional folk music to launch the pressure group.
He picked orange as the colour for the pressure group, Renewed Uganda, that runs under a slogan, “It is possible, Kisoboka.’
“I wish to declare that I will stand for President in the 2021 elections as an independent candidate,” Tumukunde said.
“I don’t want to be one of those who imagine nothing has been done but the revolution has lost the way that’s why we want to put it back on the right path. Most Ugandans have an impression that nothing can be done to change this situation. We can change this situation come 2021,” he added.
Tumukunde said that his manifesto will focus more on the youths and women who form the majority of the Ugandan voters.
“We are targeting the Ugandans who give us the vote. I want to assure the youth that I will consider you once I get there,” Tumukunde said.
He also spoke about revamping Uganda’s agriculture through accelerated mechanization and doing away with the handheld hoe. He also promises investing in renewable energy, reviving how people work together to produce by re-introducing cooperatives and a special credit line to women and youth using correct channels, addressing issues of cost of money and prudent utilisation of public resources.
The retired army chief said his government will champion the fourth industrial revolution and invest in research with intention to amend the curriculum to focus on producing Ugandans ready for self-employment