Senior presidential advisor on political affairs Moses Byaruhanga has described Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde’s move to contest for presidency as a daydream.
This comes days after the former spy chief declared his intentions to contest for the country’s top seat come 2021 and wrote to the Electoral Commission seeking clearance to consult Ugandans.
Byaruhanga says the government is not scared of Tumukunde, arguing that someone without any structures on the ground cannot compete against a government that has been in power for some time and win.
The former Security Minister Lt Gen. Henry Tumukunde has notified the Electoral Commission of his intention to run for the Presidency come 2021.
In a March 3, 2020 letter received by the Electoral Commission, Gen Tumukunde says he intends to carry out countrywide consultations ahead of the elections in which President Museveni who has been in power since 1986 will also likely seek to extend his rule.
“Whereas Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 provides in (1) that an aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within twelve months before the nomination date an in (2)-a; that he/she may “carry out nationwide consultations, I wish to notify the Electoral Commission that I will be proceeding to carry out consultations across the country,” reads part of the letter.
The 61-year-old General said his consultations will target various interest groups in the country, with a view of facilitating his decisions ahead of nominations of presidential candidates slated for October 2020.