Opinion: Tumukunde is in for a rocky ride

Lt. Henry Tumukunde who have recently worked to get a party ticked and failed. Have now come out officially this week as an Independent Candidate. This is not shocking or a big reveal. It is a loss, as the man couldn’t sway fringe parties to let him be the big man ahead of the elections.

Tumukunde who is often praised for this works in government. This man has been a go to guy, but also been sacked for wrecking things. Wants now to be IT. The dude, the grand old man and the chief. At least he wants to look like that.

I am sure his trying to sell himself in the same stature and leading ability like Amama Mbabazi did. While Mbabazi was able to takeover the TDA last time. Tumukunde would be lucky if they ever considered him into the DP Block of Mao. However, that will not happen.

Tumukunde might act like a big shot and talk like a big shot. However, the reality is that his game is smaller than he thinks. People talk that he got support within the NRM. But, wasn’t that the game of Mbabazi too? And that amounted to nearly nothing in the last go around?

Who will think it will be different in 2021, then it was in 2016? They are all blind followers of Museveni. They will not shift their gear, because suddenly one of the big men turns into a renegade. If so, Amama would have a much bigger team with him in the last election.

Tumukunde is playing this one out. It will fail, it is just a matter of how much. We can wonder how he will growl and beg after the polls. How much he will bend his knees and kiss the ring?

That time will tell. The damage and the hurt will depend on how much the man will risk. Nevertheless, expect him to return to the NRM and asking for appointments. He will, because he needs to eat. There will be pictures and there will be stories.

Indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Peace.

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