Gen Tumwine was a dedicated cadre, says Museveni

Former minister for Security, Gen Elly Tumwine (left) with President Museveni. PHOTOS/ FILE

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  • The vocal army officer died early Thursday morning.

President Museveni Thursday grieved following the death of former security minister Gen Elly Tumwine on August 25.

“He has been a dedicated and hard-working cadre,” Mr Museveni said of the army officer who played a major role in a guerilla struggle that started his presidency in 1986.

Mr Museveni confirmed that Gen Tumwine,68, succumbed to lung cancer at 5:46am from a hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.  

From the time he joined the Ugandan leader's resistance movement in 1980, Gen Tumwine has been part of the top leadership of the army and a lynchpin of Mr Museveni's government. 

“More will be said about him later. Condolences to his family, to the NRA-UPDF- NRM fraternity and to all Ugandans. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Mr Museveni wrote on Twitter.

Other reactions 

First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni wrote: “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy (John 16:22 ).”

Quoting the Bible, First son and UPDF land forces commander Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba said: "immortality means he is without a father, without a mother, without a genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life....he remains a priest forever (Hebrews 7:3)'. May Almighty God receive you into His everlasting arms Afande Tumwine." 

Under the same reference, Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine noted that "… For dust you are, and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19).”

Parliament Speaker Anita Among was also mourning "the passing of of our elder, liberation hero, long-serving legislator, and former security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine."

Her deputy, Thomas Tayebwa, condoled with the lives "our gallant hero RO/00023 Gen Elly Tumwine touched as he sent sincere sympathies to President Museveni, the family of Gen Tumwine, the UPDF/NRA fraternity."   "Heaven has received a battle-hardened soldier. RIP!," Mr Tayebwa added.

Agriculture minister Frank Tumwebaze said: "I pray that the almighty God gives his wife and children comfort in this most trying time of grief."