Uganda: Two Presidential Candidates arrested recently…

The National Resistance Movement failure and at the same time legend, Henry Tumukunde have been arrested at least twice recently. While also, the outspoken critic and former journalist Joseph Kabuleta have gotten arrested too. This is just the steady progress of the NRM.

Like today reported that: “Gen Henry Tumukunde has been arrested and is being held at Njeru Police station. The Presidential hopeful that recently launched a political pressure group was allegedly picked from Royale Paradise Hotel on Kayunga Road, Njeru Division” (NTV Uganda, 18.08.2020).

Also, on the 14th August in Hoima, that Kabuleta was holding rallies and meeting the public. The police arrested the Presidential Candidate there.

This here is just typical of the state. They are now using the COVID-19 guidelines as means to arrest and silence the opposition. These two are arrested as they are gearing up their campaings. Both as individuals.

Tumukunde with his pressure group Renewed Uganda and Kabuleta with Reclaiming our Country and Kin (ROCK).

Both are running for the Presidency. Neither with much fanfare or big following. These men have names and is known. Because of what they both did in their past. Tumukunde is a fellow who has bounced in and out of government. Appointed and faltered. This time he tries the route of Mbabazi in hopes of recognition and jobs after the election.

Kabuleta is a outspoken pastor, former journalist who does whatever he feels. Needless to say his not as much of big deal, as he thinks himself. He will end up as a lucky loser and will have waisted all of the time.

Tumukunde will land someone government or NRM appointment after all this. After he bows his knees and pleads allegiance to the President. Kabuleta will not be able to that. He has only used his platform and ensured a spring-board away from his divine enterprise.

These two are just the run-of-the-mill Bwanika and Biraaro running for the Presidency. The lone soldiers trying to find enough lost souls to gather a brigade. These two will revolutionize or have the ability to gain much traction. These doesn’t even have alliances with others to help them to up their game.

It is wrong to arrest them and do so on spite. The only thing it does. Is giving these gentlemen some headlines. However, they are lost causes. We just don’t know by what margins or stretch before the polls starts… Peace.

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.

Opinion: Tumukunde’s One Opposition Candidate to beat Mzee [set to fail from the get-go]

If you want to hear about a curveball or you believe in oddballs, then maybe Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde is your thing. It has been reported in the Daily Monitor today that he suggested to field only one opposition Presidential Candidate to beat incumbent and self-styled President for Life Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

I don’t know if Tumukunde is high on his own supply and believes only one man is enough to beat Museveni at this point. However, something must give. There is a sort of extract, flavour or mix in his drink to believe that is the part missing to beat the old man. It is like he hasn’t seen the system. That he doesn’t know what the President does and what his regime does. Like his oblivious to the whole drill and farce that is up-coming in 2021.

The former insider, the smooth-operator and the leader with National Resistance Movement (NRM) knows perfectly well how everything works there. He has had several of roles and been in the inner-circle of power. Tumukunde knows this and the response to beat Museveni is foolish at best.

Why?

Well, nobody beats Museveni at the ballots. That is impossible. The results are rigged. The social media blackouts is prepared. The military choppers will fly over Kampala. The pre-ticked ballots will fly in and the tally centres will serve their mission to deliver the supposed results to its master. That is the reality and Tumukunde knows this well.

The way of a peaceful transfer from someone who doesn’t want to step down isn’t through the polls or an election. It is through a revolution. The unfinished revolution from a military government to a civilian one. The NRM masks as civilian, but is filled with generals in all institutions. All are loyal to the President and they are awaiting orders.

Tumukunde knows that one single candidate cannot beat Museveni. He knows this and the whole Republic knows this. In an election. NOBODY CAN WIN BUT THE PRESIDENT. That is written in the stars, on the dark side of the moon and asteroids spelling it out on the horizon too.

There is no way anyone can beat him on the ballot. That will not happen. It’s impossible as long as his on the ballot. We could lie and say its possible, but the system is rigged this way. There is no other outcome in an election at this point.

Unless, people wants to use defiance, civil disobedience and start a revolution. That is the only way out. There is no way in an election that the President backs down. He hasn’t done that since 1986 and I doubt he will suddenly change in 2021.

Nedda sssevo, do you want another rap? Nedda Sssevo. Peace.

Charles Rwomushana Presidential Candidacy: The intern that want to become king

Now that political analyst and former Internal Security Organization (ISO) Agent Charles Rwomushana. The friend who has the Presidents ear by being handled by Frank Tumwebaze for public appearances. Today it’s official that his standing as a Presidential Candidate too, as an independent. Just like Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde.

Well, this is following a pattern of friendly faces suddenly turning right ahead of elections. We saw that Amama Mbabazi, Gilbert Bukenya and now these two. They are all suddenly out of the wood-works. As soon as that happen, the praises from team of Canary Mugume and Andrew Mwenda will happen. They will sing psalms and birds chirping in a symphony of greatness that makes classic composers of the stature of Beethoven look like child’s play.

If you get my drift?

It is insulting to think that Charles Rwomushana has anything to do as a Presidential Candidate. Unless, he wants to be a less funny character of Elton Joseph Mabirizi. He might think his important, has a vibe and could challenge anyone. However, the former agent and friendly fire Rwomushana isn’t scaring anyone. Except his own shadow and Lucky Luke.

Rwomushana will be as memorable as Tumukunde. They might catch some headlines, stirr some controversy, but their platform, ideals and ideas will be microwaved as some pop-songs. It will be all “Baby, I love You”, but no reason for why the singer love the supposed “baby”. The song could be for anyone, but we don’t get the context nor the greatness of the supposed “baby”.

The same I am seeing from Charles and Henry. They will both come firing from all cylinders, but there will be nothing substantial coming out. Charles might speak with fury and with reason. Still, he will not prove anything or be anything that matters. Unless, the 120,000 followers on Facebook will suddenly cause havoc all at once.

The agent knows the inside of this government. He is a former RDC of Pader too. So his been useful in the past and wouldn’t be shocking if his a Molotov Cocktail into this election. To spike it up and make it interesting. It is not like this man has a following or an organization that can suddenly cause a change. He maybe have a more public persona than Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, but still not a platform like most party leaders have.

Rwomushana will not cause a stir or a grand issue. Unless, he plans to leak old plans and deceiving information about the government. However, that will back-fire from the friendly relations he has with them. Unless, the leaks are coordinated and they are willing to doing so. To make the candidacy look “legit”.

I have hard time believe the candidacy of Charles. If I don’t believe in Henry? How can I believe in Charles? Well, I doubt them both and they are pawns. They are useful tools to be used as curve-balls into the 2021 election. These will not bring change or any difference.

Rwomushana good luck on your journey, but I don’t see it work out. He even tried to get the seat of Rujumbura County in 1996 and lost to Jim Muhwezi. If he couldn’t win there, how will he win in a national contest?

Shiish. This is taking an L before your starting. He should comment on TV and be a political analyst. His not fit or have the drive to do this. Charles should just breathe and take it easy. Your not capable to beat Besigye, Bobi Wine or Museveni.

It is like Joe Schmoe suddenly able to beat Messi on the football pitch. I am sorry, but that’s not happening. Unless lightning is hitting Messi and the ambulance has to send him directly to the ER. If that doesn’t happen. Then Charles has no chance to beat the big-men. Peace.

Chapter Four: Continued detention of Tumukunde & others is a violation of personal liberty (17.03.2020)

Hunting Season: Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde arrested [and probably charged with treason]

It’s a war goin’ on but ain’t nothin’ bleedin’

If it ain’t nothin’ comin’ in, then ain’t nothin’ leavin’, yeah

When I think think of all these rappers, it’s huntin’ season”Jadakiss – ‘Hunting Season’

Today, like clockwork there was reports that the now Presidential Aspirant and Independent Candidate Lt. General Henry Tumukunde we’re arrested in his home by the Special Force Command (SFC) and is now taken in by the Chieftain of Military Intelligence at Mbuya barracks. This is the same location his bodyguards was detained, when he first reported to the world that he aspired for the throne.

Also on schedule is the charge of treason. That one is dropped on all individuals who challenge the President and his chair. It is treasonous just to aspire to it or even day-dream about it. That is how it seems in the Republic.

In a Republic where you can share jail-cells with killers and thieves, there will be one brother who are still linger for annoying the President or writing a horrific Facebook post. Tumukunde knows this deal, his the former Minister of Security, his worked with the Internal Security Organization and been a chief-in-charge of torture, arbitrary arrests and so-on. He knows the drill and he knew this was coming.

Tumukunde knew this would happen, it was written in the sky. He became fair game, when he decided to stand. When he decided to run against Mzee. He knew this. He seen it and now feels it. He will be Court Martial tomorrow and most likely served with some sort treasons charge edition 2020, designated to stifle plans for 2021.

We have been here before, this is not new. Neither is jail, arrests nor possible legal trouble for Tumukunde. His been there before too. Scandals, sackings and saying hello to the law. Has been a vital part of his life.

He has skyrocketed into the Lt. Gen. role, but has surely spoiled his merits along the way. Today, is yet another day of trouble. The man knew this was bound to happen. Not only to his bodyguards, but to himself. His seen the acts towards the opposition and even supported it. His own self. So, he knew and that is known.

He can try to be martyr, but that is not believable at this point. Henry has to really burn. The repercussions has to be severe. Yes, he doesn’t deserve to arrested over nothing and be falsely charged for anything. However, his been a leader over this sort of enterprise and now his own security organizations hits back at its former leader.

So, this is karma and karma is a bitch. It is hunting season and right now Tumukunde is the prey. Peace.

Opinion: Mbabazi Versus Tumukunde – A dab difference on their road to presidential aspirations

In everything I do, I will continue to embody the true objectives and identity of the NRM. But as a founding member, lawyer and patriotic citizen I will not bind myself to illegalities” – Amama Mbabazi, 31st July 2015

There are similarities in some aspects between Amama Mbabazi and Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, who both aimed at the throne and became Presidential Aspirants. However, there are some significant differences in the approach here. Which makes the one differ from the other. Also, make the latter one less sincere.

Mbabazi Brief Timeline:

Mbabazi was the Prime Minister and Secretary General in the National Resistance Movement. He resigned as Prime Minister in September 2014. However, by June 2015 he wrote in a scatting letter to the President, that he didn’t only intend to run as the Party Chairman, but also the NRM Presidential Flag-Bearer. This coming from the former SG and PM. That really showed some flex. While on the 31st July 2015, President Museveni picked his nomination forms. On the 31st July 2015, Amama Mbabazi said he would go “independent”. However, by September 2015 he was cleared as the Flag-Bearer. By 1st November 2015 President Museveni without any shock was nominated as the NRM Presidential Flag-bearer for the General Election of 2016.

However, with Lt. Gen. Tumukunde he haven’t even tried to play ball with the Party his supposed to be a part of and been representing for ages. His been a high ranking official, both in army and in cabinet. Therefore, Tumukunde knows the party and its constitution, also knows the reach and the possible approaches of these affairs. Therefore, just like the arrest of the bodyguards of Mbabazi, the same was bound to happen to Henry as well; which it did!

The last time Tumukunde held a higher office was in March 2018. The moment on Twitter, when Museveni proclaimed this: “This was President Museveni’s statement on twitter: “In exercise of powers granted to me by the Constitution, I have appointed Gen Elly Tumwine as the Security Minister. I have also appointed Mr Okoth Ochola as the Inspector-General of Police. He will be deputised by Brig Sabiiti Muzeei”” (NBS Television, 04.03.2018). Meaning that Tumukunde was sacked as the Minister of Security. Since, then he has been out of office and without power.

There was reports of him starting this in March 2019 and by later on in middle of July 2019 he was mobilizing youth and supposed to run for the office of Lord Mayor of Kampala. This was spread all over the waves, the NilePost, New Vision and everyone was running stories of it. He was even quoted: “Mark my words, I am the next Kampala lord mayor” (Nilepost, 23.07.2019).

Clearly, his pathway has changed and his motivation has as well. Even if the NRM had already handpicked Museveni as their sole candidate, which wouldn’t surprise anyone at this stage. The President was endorsed for it by early February 2019. By March 2019, there was a resolution where the party had clearly endorsed and ensured in writing that Museveni was the only Flag-Bearer for 2021. Therefore, when Tumukunde started his mobilization and the NRM was already on their way validating its chief.

However, what differs here. Is that Tumukunde was already sacked and didn’t show early on his true intention. Neither, did he like Mbabazi even try internally to challenge Museveni. He never did. No letter, no public outrage. Just a peeing on the public with consultations for a bid for Lord Mayor of Kampala.

It wasn’t until the end of February, when he sent a letter to the Electoral Commission, confessing his true desire. Tumukunde went out on a limp mobilizing for his Mayoral aspirations. However, that wasn’t his true face.

Mbabazi went out with fire, he aimed directly at the king. He didn’t take the public for a fool in that sense. He wasn’t truthful about his independent strike, as a member of NRM during his campaign. However, he was honest enough at least showing finesse in the way he went forward as a man who wanted the throne.

Tumukunde has just fired loose on all canons. Like a fishing expedition and just landed on the independent steak as a Presidential Aspirant. Which is less believable, concerning the way he went out. Sacked, didn’t even consider to question the “Sole Candidate”, because he was a supposed aspirant for Mayor. However, with time he rather wanted to be a big-shot.

Now we are seeing it all. We see the different approaches and it is only two elections in succession. Where to high ranking NRMers are aiming at the throne. Both doing it independently and on their own. However, don’t expect it bear fruits. Mbabazi has just returned back home and anticipate a sweet office later in return.

Tumukunde might think people are fools. If you really aspired for this, why did you something else just a year ago? Peace.

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde: Another NRM big-man aiming at the throne

Today, Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde has unleashed his will and determination to stand as a Presidential aspirant in the upcoming election of 2021. This is not new that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have some big-men falling out. However, they have usually gotten back into the fold and gotten new chairs to fill.. 

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde is a long-term NRA/M, who has served in various of positions and held a high regard in the circles around the President. He has failed, gotten sacked and gotten into trouble. However, always had the ability to return and get in the good graces. In May 2018 with his latest role was being the Minister of Security. Also, we know something is up, when the aide to Tumukunde is releasing the information of him loosing military guards at his house in Kololo. That happened about a week ahead of the letter to the Electoral Commission on the 28th February 2020.

With regards to this, I’m not fooled. There been plenty of decoys in the past too. Even NRA historical of John Nagenda have been critical of the President, but still in good graces in the end. Surely, Tumukunde following a long line of Presidential candidates, who in the end looking for a new avenue for work after the elections. We are even seeing Amama Mbabazi returning to Museveni and getting closer like kin. Surely, Tumukunde wants those perks too.

In 2011, the former Local Government Minister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali was a Presidential Candidate as an opposition candidate. His the father of Bebe Cool, so we know that the NRM loyalties aren’t far from each other. Even as Ssali was known for talking against Museveni for never retiring, still he wasn’t anything the President feared in the polls. He was a former Minister who wouldn’t dare to insult his former master.

In 2015, there was two former high ranking NRM leaders who suddenly stood as Independents. This being Gilbert Bukenya and Amama Mbabazi. Both of these we’re high ranking officials. Bukenya went straight independent and even tried to swing the The Democratic Alliance (TDA) his way. Mbabazi tried to get a position in the Primaries in 2015. However, that is not how the game in the NRM works. That is why Mbabazi was clipped of his wings, both as the Secretary General of the NRM and also of his powerful role as the Prime Minister.

Now, Tumukunde is doing the same, as Ssali, Bukenya and Mbabazi has done. Some says its daring and inspiring. Some says its special for these men to aim at the king. Well, there is no succession and no parts to play internally. So, they got to be loose canons to ever try. However, these gentlemen knows that the President rigs and they will never achieve the goal. It is a battle they are bound to loose.

So, why do it? Is it to get the attention and possible be a part of the NRM NEC or something? Do they want a perky position and get back in the good graces? Is that it all?

Does Tumukunde want the cool headlines, that he visited the President at his farm? Is that all he wants out of life?

We all know, he has no shot to win. There is no winning in this, unless he wants to become the next Beti Kamya or something. If he wants a minor role in a mushrooming cabinet after 2021 elections. To be paid-off handsomely…

Well, this is not a drill, but is a curiosity. It will be bloody, it will be tested and he will be in trouble. However, in the end, he will kiss the ring and go back to his master. That is what they do.

Lt. Gen. will need to eat after 2021. He will return, it is just a matter of time and what he is on the menu. Peace.

Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde letter to the Electoral Commission – Re: Presidential Aspirat Consultations (28.02.2020)