Kampala—August 13, 2020: Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde on Wednesday launched his presidential bid at his residence in Kololo, Kampala.
The former security Minister in this current government stated that he will run as an independent candidate but on a platform called “A renewed Uganda” and with a slogan—“it is possible”.
In his keynote address to the country, Gen. Tumukunde said his government will put women, youth and all the special interest groups at the center of his leadership.
He observed that the youth which numbers about 9 million are languishing in abject poverty without meaningful employment.
Former Minister also says over 700,000 youths throw themselves in the job market annually, yet there are only 70,000 jobs available. He added that this should change further, adding that universities and tertiary institutions produce over 400,000 graduates every year, but most of them remain unemployed.
Lt. Gen. Tumukunda hinted at the possibility of overhauling the curriculum, especially at secondary school level to equip Ugandans with skills that make them job creators.
“Uganda as a country can’t achieve industrialisation without relying on agriculture and my government would fully mechanise the agriculture sector by wiping out the use of hand hoes and also make cheap credit available to women and youth,” he added.
Without going into the details of his campaign plans, Gen Tumukunde also said he would ensure a better market for farmer’s produce to ensure agricultural contribution to GDP of the country improves.