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NRM campaign team splits over Tumukunde

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has for a while now been courting some opposition elements in an attempt to shore up support for his presidential bid.

The general has been clandestinely engaging a section of key opposition players in the country, more so, the Democratic Party President Norbert Mao. According to sources knowledgeable about the Tumukunde and Mao discussions, the general wants the Democratic Party to back his independent presidential bid.

And if the oldest party in the country is not comfortable backing him, it should at least join him to support a third force that can easily promote their interests. In the 2016 general elections, DP welcomed former prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s presidential bid, which garnered a paltry 4% of the vote.

Despite the dismal election results, Tumukunde argues that Mao should take the same route in 2021 by backing him. During the negotiations, Mao reportedly demanded to know what Gen Tumukunde brings to the table politically. Mao argued that DP already has a strong footprint in Buganda and Northern region. Why would the party need Tumukunde.

This was premised on the fact that Gen Tumukunde has not been out of government for long. His way out came in March 2018 after he was dropped as security minister and replaced by

General Elly Tumwiine. Tumukunde claims he has a big following within the National Resistance Movement campaign structures specifically Team Thorough whose patron is the First Lady Janet Museveni and the national coordinator is John Mugisha. Team Thorough is a youthful team that was previously allied to the former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.

Most of the vibrant members within Team Thorough eventually crossed to Museveni’s camp as the 2016 general elections drew closer. Launched by the president in January 2019, Team Thorough is a youth wing of the National Resistance movement tasked with dismantling the opposition strongholds all around the country.

According to sources within Team Thorough, cracks within the team are beginning to spill into public view. Team Thorough is now split into two camps stationed in different areas of Kampala. The split is a clear signal that all is not well within the NRM’s A- team. The first team led by Edris Kiiza Kamuntu, the previous national coordinator of Team Thorough, has maintained their home along Kampala Road while the other team led by John Mugisha moved their offices to Kampala’s leafy suburb of Kololo.

The split within Team Thorough was brought on by the realization that Tumukunde could have discreetly infiltrated its campaign structures. The mistrust between the office on Kampala road and the one situated in Kololo shows Tumukunde could have made huge inroads within the team’s campaign structures.

Mugisha’s camp claims that since Tumukunde had earlier on presented himself as a Mayoral candidate, he could have used that ruse to compromise some members within Kiiza’s team. Asked for comment, members within Tumukunde’s camp privy to the negotiations between the general and Mao said the talks are between change loving citizens and are normal.

Within DP’s corridors of power, some members were left disheartened by Mao’s decision to engage with Tumkunde behind their back. They said, “... we are aware that Mao is individually engaging in negotiations with General Tumukunde. Those negotiations are on an individual level not on behalf of the party ...”

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+1 #1 Lysol 2020-08-12 03:55
Yet another phony always sent by the NRM during election time to divide and confuse the gullible oppositions.
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+2 #2 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-08-12 12:02
Quoting Lysol:
Yet another phony always sent by the NRM during election time to divide and confuse the gullible oppositions.


Tumukunde's footprints are clear; he is an undercover agent facilitated to disorganise anti-M7 forces.

Which is why Mbabazi must be laughing wherever he is after fooling Mao and his team in 2016.
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+1 #3 Wooden K. 2020-08-12 15:25
Bobi Wine Kyagulanyi first turned to his people and asked them to send him to The House.

Why can`t Tumukunde to the same ?
There is nothing on record that Gen Tumukunde has ever been elected to any public office . If we do not know what his people in Rukungiri think of him , what makes us think he is fit to lead the whole country.

Isn`t like having a Minister Of Education who failed all exams ..but somehow "got" a Masters in something

The same should be said about Gen. Muntu , Dr. Besigye , Norbert Mao and others. They be sent to parliament by their people in order to qualify to be president.

History tells us that the people of Nyabushozi offered us a free warning , which we ignored. They rejected Museveni during the 1980 elections.
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+1 #4 Wooden K. 2020-08-12 15:44
Personally , I do not think that Gen :tumukunde is a mole . I see him as an amibitious man who is outraged and frustrated but has no clear idea how to identify his rentry gate

One day you hear him trying to recruit baganda muslims ; the next day he is on radio saying patronizing stuff about Baganda.

He keeps on and on saying ( mocking) that they , the westerners , are standind because Baganda have refused or failed to show up.

Apparently , Tumukunde has not noticed ( ignored to notice ) that Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is a Muganda who has a lot of support not only in Buganda but in the whole country .
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0 #5 Kalani Jonathan 2020-08-12 23:15
Tumukunde is another Mbabazi. He is fooling the opposition. He should concentrate in wooing NRM members if he is really tussling it out with M7.

The opposition should never trust and work with him. He can't uproot his life line - NRM. He is nothing when he moves out of NRM.
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+3 #6 Lakwena 2020-08-13 09:16
The photograph hereabove shows Gen Tumukunde a dejected lost soul.

In other words, who in his/her right mind would want to follow a lost person?

Get lost Gen Tumukunde!

However, and humanly speaking, we sympathize with you that: although you were almost shot to pieces and now drag one of your legs behind you; Mr. M7 whom you forcefully ushered into our State House has decided to dump you, Dr. Besigye and Gen Tinyejusa like used condom.

Please, don't blame me for the condom language, because, someone like you once said that the Baganda are used like condom to access political power and dumped.
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2020-08-13 09:20
In other words Gen Tumukunde, can you remember your 2001 Gen Election bravado, what happened to the gun that brought you and the NRM to power?

What happened to that power? Just asking.
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0 #8 Lakwena 2020-08-13 12:03
Quoting Wooden K.:
Personally , I do not think that Gen :tumukunde is a mole . I see him as an amibitious man who is outraged and frustrated but has no clear idea how to identify his rentry gate

One day you hear him trying to recruit baganda muslims ; the next day he is on radio saying patronizing stuff about Baganda.

He keeps on and on saying ( mocking) that they , the westerners , are standind because Baganda have refused or failed to show up.

Apparently , Tumukunde has not noticed ( ignored to notice ) that Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is a Muganda who has a lot of support not only in Buganda but in the whole country .


In other words Wooden, come 2021, shall we be seeing Mr. M7's Pair of butts (courtesy of Dr. Stella Nyanzi) out the door of our State House?
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+1 #9 Wooden K. 2020-08-13 16:53
Lakwena , its better to lower our expectations .

Museveni will be here after 2021 ; but the count-down of his sunset is on

Right now , its more important to prepare those who will occupy political space that is innevitably going to emerge.

As you can see , even the ones who sponsor us with their money have felf the wave. 8 European Ambassadors went deep into the gheto to check out the new kids on the block-
This has never happened before in our troubled history.
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