Army Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala has clarified that the message he sent to Fort Portal was not to shoot retired Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.
Tumukunde says he was shot with a bullet during a fracas at SDA hall in Fort Portal town where his son Amanya Tumukunde was challenging Mwine Mpaka, son to State Minister for agriculture Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama, for the western Uganda youth MP seat.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, maintained the General was hit with a tear gas canister not a bullet.
While addressing press, Tumukunde insisted he was shot on orders of Gen Katumba.
Speaking to NTV at the close of the week, Gen Katumba said he found Tumukunde’s allegation funny.
“I found that very funny. One, I’m not a mad person. I had no reason to send a squad to kill Tumukunde. What would I benefit from that?” the CDF shot out in self-defence.
Katumba said the only thing he did was to respond to the situation after military raised concern that the race was between sons of prominent people who even had military escorts.
“The message I sent was ‘go to Fort Portal, reinforce the police and ensure that there is no influence of military personnel in the youth election’,” Katumba told NTV.
He said it is up to Tumukunde to explain what he was doing at the tallying centre of a youth election.
“He is not a youth, not a returning officer and not a member of the electoral commission.”
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