Former Security Minister, Lt.Gen. Henry Tumukunde has kick-started campaigns in his bid to become the next Lord Mayor of Kampala.
Gen. Tumukunde, this Saturday evening stormed Katanga slum in Kampala where he addressed his supporters. He is credited for raiding the criminals especially the ‘Kifeesi’ out of the city during his short stint as Minister for Security but also for weeding out the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) urban hit squad that had invaded the city in the 1990s and early 2000s when he was chief of Military Intelligence.
He donated a bull to a team united which donned red T-shirts
Gen. Tumukunde joins a list of politicians interested in contesting for the Lord Mayor of Kampala come 2021 general elections. Sources say Tumukunde is yet to decide whether he will run on a party ticket or as an independent candidate.
Kawempe North MP Latiff SSebagala is also interested in the same seat come 2021 and Musician Jose Chameleon.
Sources say the current Mayor Erias Lukwago intends to give up the seat and instead contest for the President of the Democratic Party (DP), which position is currently occupied by Norbert Mao.
Henry Tumukunde is a retired senior military officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). He was the Minister of National Security in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. On 4 March 2018, he was relieved of his duties in an unexpected cabinet reshuffle following his public outburst with the then IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura.
Tumukunde is also a qualified lawyer. He has served as the UPDF’s chief of personnel and administration, chief of military intelligence as well as serving as the commanding officer of the UPDF Fourth Division, based in Gulu in the Northern Region of Uganda.
He has also previously served as the director general of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). Tumukunde was also a Member of Parliament representing the Army in the Parliament of Uganda between 1995 and 2005.