Popular political commentator and former head of Political Intelligence Desk at Internal Security Organization (ISO), Charles Rwomushana, is the latest to declare his intention to run for President in the 2021 general elections.
Rwomushana posted on his Facebook page on Monday that he has made his Presidential bid known to the Electoral Commission, as required by law.
This is confirmed in a June 22 letter written by Rwomushana’s lawyers, addressed to the EC Chairperson.
“We act for and on behalf of our client Hon Rwomushana Charles, a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming Presidential elections scheduled for 2021,” the letter authored by MS Mujurizi, Alinaitwe and Byamukama Advovates, reads.
“We have instructions to address you under Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 for consultation in preparation for his nomination as a presidential candidate,” Rwomushana’s lawyers add in the letter.
They add that Rwomushana intends to carry out nation-wide consultations, prepare his manifesto and other campaign materials, raise funds for his campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of national delegates.
“In compliance with Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, our client herby introduces himself to the Electoral Commission and shall in due course notify relevant local Council authorities and Police of the area to which he goes”.
The lawyers have also asked the EC for guidance on how best Rwomushana can carry out his consultations under the current Covid circumstances.
The EC Spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa told SoftPower News on Monday that he hadn’t personally seen the letter by Rwomushana’s lawyers, but that he would find out.
Rwomushana joins a list of about 30 people that have so far expressed interest in running for President. As of March 10 this year, a total of 29 people including 2 women had already declared their Presidential bid to the EC.
These include ‘People Power’ leader, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and former Minister of Security, Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, former Presidential candidate John Elton Mabirizi and former FDC Mobilizer, Moses Byamugisha.
Who is Charles Rwomushana?
Rwomushana is a former Guild President of Makerere University, a former RDC of Pader district and former Head of Economics and Research at Internal Security Organisation (ISO).
Currently, he is largely a panelist on TV and radio talk shows where he does political commentary current affairs, sometimes security.
Born in Kahoko village, Nyakagyeme Sub-county in Rujumbura constituency in Rukungiri district, the controversial political commentator is a strong critic of President Yoweri Museveni.
“I don’t support or oppose anybody but I relate with state power and its dynamics,” Rwomushana said in an interview with The Independent in 2018.
“Therefore this notion of supporting this and that is for part-time thinkers.”
He attended Bugangari Primary School in Rukungiri and later joined Bugangari Secondary School where, he says, as early as senior two, he developed the ambition to become guild president of the oldest university in Uganda; Makerere University.
“It’s at this school that I became politically active,” he said in the same 2018 Interview.
He later joined Mbarara High School because the school always engaged in student fights with Ntare School and he wanted to take part in the next school war.
When he was at Makerere University, he realised that many students had difficulty getting transport and writing materials even when they were on government sponsorship.
He convinced the government to provide Shs 10 million as a pilot project to help students.
For this cause, the students named him “chairman of the needy students” something that grew his popularity at the university. A year later, he was elected guild president.
From Makerere University, Rwomushana joined the Constituent Assembly (CA) race for Rujumbura County in Rukungiri District. He defeated Dr Alex Kamugisha and Sam Baingana.
During the CA, which made the 1995 Constitution, Rwomushana proved to be a good legislator. He is remembered for speaking against the proposal to allow Ugandan women to abort.
In 1996, he made an attempt at the Rujumbura County seat against then Brig Jim Muhwezi who was Head of ISO at the time. Rwomushana known as “Ka Boy” in the Rujumbura race lost to Muhwezi.
In 2001, Rwomushana was redeployed to head the Political Intelligence Desk in the President’s Office under the Internal Security Organisation.