The ‘Renewed Uganda’ Presidential candidate promises good roads, a hospital and University.
By Our team
Independent presidential candidate Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde under his ‘Renewed Uganda’ platform on Tuesday kicked off his presidential campaigns in his home district of Rukungiri and pledged to among others tarmac roads, build a university.
Tumukunde was first baptized by teargas by the Uganda Police Force after a procession of motorcycle riders tried escorting him to Rukungiri stadium.
He was later allowed to drive to the stadium where he addressed a crowd of about 200 people that had gathered.
In his maiden address, Tumukunde expressed his frustration with the conduct of police noting that the teargas was not necessary.
“The teargas was unnecessary, my people were very peaceful; they were riding; there wasn’t anything much. I am sure police never wanted me to pull off the show.”
He then promised Rukungiri people a university and hospital and that he would ensure the town was better planned and would also rid it of mud.
Tumukunde was was given a stool, shield and spear as symbols of leadership. He encouraged people to turn up and vote come January 14, and protect the vote in a bid to secure their victory.
“We still pray for a free and fair election and I hope no one would want to disrupt the will of Ugandans. You saw what was in Luweero [district] yesterday [Monday]. You have seen what has been here today; I am sure Ugandans are ready for change,” Tumukunde stated.
Rukungiri is both four-time Presidential aspirant Kizza Besigye’s and Tumukunde’s hometown. Tumukunde, who is the former security Minister and bush war hero, was born in Nyakiju Village, Buyanja Sub-county, in Rukungiri District.
Tumukunde was arrested earlier this year after he declared interest to compete against President Yoweri Museveni and charged with Treason in March this year. Police also raided his home in Nyakiju village on March 17, in search for guns.
After Rukungiri, he went to Kanungu District and then wrapped up Day One in Kisoro District. However today police blocked him from carrying out his campaigns in Kisoro on grounds that he was supposed to have visited the district and campaigned yesterday. Tumukunde is now in Rubanda.