Mbabazi tells state to restrain Tumukunde


Mbabazi addressing press in Arua

Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has asked the state to restrain former senior spy, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.

Amama accuses Tumukunde of buying off Mbabazi’s supporters, using crime preventers to deface Amama posters and openly disrupting his rallies.

Not long ago, Tumukunde flew in an NRM chopper to Booma grounds in Fort Portal on the same day Mbabazi was having a rally on the same venue.

The incident saw some of Mbabazi’s supporters leave the venue annoyed.

Address media operators recently, Police chief, Kale Kayihura, said he was told of this incident upon which he ordered Tumukunde to leave the venue.

He said the newly promoted Lt General has orders to stay away from Mbabazi’s rallies.

Addressing press in Arua today, Amama appealed to the state to stop using its resources to intimidate his supporters.

“I don’t know who commands Tumukunde or where he gets billions he is using to buy off people. He is always going ahead of me,” Amama told press.

“We would like to know who is in charge of Brig. Tumukunde and where he is getting all these millions.”

Mbabazi who appreciated the people of Arua for turning up in large numbers for his rally, said as members of The Democratic Alliance Uganda, they noted with concern the intimidation of the people in the areas where he is scheduled to hold rallies.

“This has been consistent since the Western region route and now it remains so in Northern region of Uganda.”

“This in a way shows that our message is resonating with the people. In Arua yesterday, the population responded with a chant,” he added.

He said the outright attempts to buy people to not attend the rallies is deplorable.

“This attitude damages democracy. I would like to appeal to elements within the State machinery to stop intimidating the people of Uganda.”

Mbabazi said the act does not augur well for them.

“I also implore that they do not waste taxpayers money in the unhealthy habit of buying citizens.”

Tumukunde who is accused of buying off voters is on President Yoweri Museveni’s 2016 campaign team.

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