2021 Presidential contender, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has today urged the Electoral Commission to postpone the looming 2021 general elections till the novel Corona virus disease is totally phased out of Uganda.
The embattled UPDF deserter made these remarks in a Wednesday morning presser convened at his Kololo residence in Kampala. This was his second press address since his release from Luzira maximum prison where he was held for over 60 days on treason and seditious charges.
Tumukunde says the current road map is not favourable enough to all candidates at presidential, parliamentary or local council level as time seems to be limited for candidates to effectively reach out to all the voters. “The time is very limited. I even highly doubt if the Electoral Commission can adequately execute its duties in this short period,” Tumukunde said. “We are not even certain if there won’t be a second wave of the virus in the coming months. The elections can delay. We are not in a rush and it’s not that if we don’t vote we shall die. We can delay the poll and vote when normalcy returns,” he adds. In a situation where the elections are delayed, the incumbent president will be compelled to hand over instruments of power to the speaker of parliament as mandated by the 1995 constitution, something Museveni cannot risk to do.
Tumukunde’s views are divergent from the stand of other opposition politicians like the People Power movement principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who says the polls can be held in strict adherence to the exisiting presidential elections act of 2005. Bobi Wine relates to counties like Malawi where polls have been held in the traditional way despite the presence of the deadly Corona virus disease.