The Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] has spoken out on the reported shooting of Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde in the leg by military police.
Gen. Tumukunde was in Fort Portal, for the Western Youth MP elections where his son Amanya Tumukunde was running against Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama, son to State Minister for agriculture Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said the general was hit by a teargas canister and not a bullet as claimed.
“Yes, he was hit by a canister as police attempted to respond to a riotous situation.”
Gen Tumukunde then addressed press and dismissed Ankunda’s claims.
“I was shot by live bullets and under instructions of CDF Katumba Wamala,” Gen Tumukunde said.
He added: “Do you think as a General I don’t know the difference between a tear gas canister and a bullet?”
Ankunda was not about to be put down in the battle of words.
“Clearly, it appears there was some flexing and police had to respond appropriately,” Ankunda said.
In all fairness and with due respect, Ankunda queried, what would a general, worth his salt be doing at a youth election at 2am?
”You cannot fight with a pig in the dark and then claim you’ve been made dirty.”
He urged the public to stop “the lies” saying military police never beat anyone in Fort Portal but actually rescued the situation.