President Museveni Promotes Controversial General as Elections Nears

August 31, 2015 5:41 pm0 comments by:

By Joseph Elunya
Brig Henry Tumukunde has been promoted to Lt Gen and retired from the army.
Tumukunde a former spy chief has been on‘katebe’ (un-deployed) since 2005 when he was arrested for allegedly spreading harmful propaganda and military misconduct.
He battled the charges at the General court martial until 18 April 2013 when the charge of spreading harmful propaganda was dropped. The joint charge of military misconduct was however upheld leading to him being sentenced to a severe reprimand.
Tumukunde had been on loggerheads with his boss President Yoweri Museveni since 2003 when he opposed the lifting of presidential term limits. He argued then during a retreat chaired by President Museveni that lifting the presidential term limits would go against the very ideals that took them to the bush to fight and come to power.
The term limits were later controversially removed in 2005 paving way for President Museveni to be eligible to contest again.
Of late the controversial General has been carrying out clandestine campaigns for President Museveni’s re-election in next year’s elections. He has been meeting different youth groups and urging them to campaign for President Museveni in the upcoming elections.
His promotion and retirement will be seen by many as a reward for his change of stance and the role he is likely to play in the 2016 elections.
Tumukunde A lawyer by profession has served as Director General of Internal Security Organization, army MP and commanding officer of the 4th division of Uganda People’s Defense Forces.
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