By Ivan Mwine
Rtd. Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, who contested for presidency against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the 2021 presidential elections, has resurfaced in public after almost a year in hibernation.
Tumukunde, who sparked off a storm in 2020 when he declared his intention to contest against president Museveni, has been out of the public eye ever since Museveni won the election.
However, Tumukunde is back in social circles and was last Friday spotted at Rubaga Cathedral, where he had gone together with others to witness the wedding of Alvin Kusaasira and Vanessa Kihuguru.
Besides Tumukunde however, the wedding was also attended by several notable figures among them Buganda premier Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, tycoon Charles Mbire, Works Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala, to mention but a few.
Although he is one of the bush-war heroes that ushered the National Resistance Army/Movement into power, Tumukunde, who is a former Security Minister, is no longer in good books with president Museveni and the bad blood between them manifested when he declared his intention to contest for presidency.
In the advent of that declaration, security forces raided Tumukunde’s home in Kololo in March 2020 from where they arrested him together with others, over allegations of treason.
Tumukunde’s arrest came shortly after he had appeared on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze programme for an interview during which he hinted on using support from a neighbouring country to overthrow the regime in Kampala.
He was briefly jailed but released after a few days in detention although the police have since then gone cold on the charges.