Gen Tumukunde takes over as security minister

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde

Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde is the new minister of Security in the Ugandan cabinet.

The commander-in-chief Gen Yoweri Museveni appointed him on Monday June 6, 2016.

Tumukunde replaces Hon. Busingye Mary Karooro Okurut who is now a Minister in Charge of General Duties/Office of the Prime Minister.

Tumukunde was last in the news in March 2016 when he was shot by soldiers attached to military police in Fort Portal.

He had gone to support his son Amanya Tumukunde during the Western Youth MP elections.

The retired soldier said he was shot on orders of Army Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala, a charge the CDF denied.

Tumukunde has in the past been accused of fuelling election violence by antagonising camps of President Yoweri Museveni’s rivals.

The retired General was part of Museveni’s 2016 campaign team and is remembered for nearly paralysing former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s campaign trail.

He was seen landing at Boma grounds in Fort Portal, something that nearly marred Amama’s rally at the venue.

Who is Tumukunde

Lieutenant General (Retired) Henry Tumukunde was a senior military officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

He is also a qualified lawyer.

He has served as the UPDF’s Chief of Personnel and Administration, Chief of Military Intelligence as well as serving as the Commanding Officer of The UPDF Fourth Division, based in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

He has also previously served as the Director General of The Internal Security Organisation, ISO.

Tumukunde was also an MP representing the Army in the Parliament of Uganda between 1995 and 2005.

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