According to the Electoral Commission, all the affidavits that accompanied the nomination papers had not been commissioned, an anomaly which could only be rectified by the commissioner of oaths.
Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde Kakurugu has finally been nominated
as a candidate to take part in the 2021 presidential race. Tumukunde was
declared candidate at 2;19 minutes after about two hours of waiting.
At about 12:50 p.m., Tumukunde’s nomination was deferred after an anomaly was detected in one of his nomination papers. According to the Electoral Commission, all the affidavits that accompanied the nomination papers had not been commissioned, an anomaly which could only be rectified by the commissioner of oaths.
When this happened, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the presiding
officer advised Tumukunde to go and swear an affidavit with a commissioner of oaths. He returned an hour later.
“The aspirant has rectified the anomaly that was in his
nomination papers. We have verified and everything is now in order and I…do hereby declare Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu having fulfilled the nomination requirements…as
a candidate,” Byabakama said.
Tumukunde selected a clock as a symbol he will use in the
election as an independent candidate. After the nomination, Tumukunde was given
a security truck with 10 Counter Terrorism Police personnel who will make up
his security detail.
Byabakama asked him to avail the Commission with a name of
the person who will coordinate his campaign. He also asked him to sign a Memorandum
of Understanding committing him to adhere to the harmonized campaign program and
also compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
Speaking to reporters after his nominations, Tumukunde said
this is the time to have meaningful change in Uganda. “I invite my fellow opposition candidates to encourage a
high turn up. If they turn up in large numbers, a new Uganda will certainly be
a reality. This is the most important election in my life since the 1980s.
I am honoured to accept the mantle of leadership which the people of Uganda will be bestowing
on. I have a belief that this will be a free and fair election,” Tumukunde said.