The Minister of security, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi has revealed that the government has started to plan for the bringing back of the body of late Gen. Elly Tumwine.
The country woke up to the shocking news of the death of General Tumwine yesterday on the 25th August 2022. He was the former representative of the Uganda people’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
It is said that, he died from Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya and died at the age of 68. According to President Museveni, the General died of lung cancer.
During the Plenary siting on the 25th August 2022, Muhwezi confirmed to the Members of parliament that Tumwiine died at a hospital in Nairobi.
“Early in the morning between 5:00am and 6:00am, we lost Hon. Gen. Elly Tumwiine in Nairobi hospital where he has been for a couple of weeks for treatment,” said Muhwezi.
The Deputy Speaker Hon. Thomas Tayebwa asked the House to observe a moment of silence. He then said that the late left an indelible mark on the stability of the country.
“We have lost a gallant man, a person who has been a colleague, interacting with us here and a historical who ushered in the revolution, together with our President. It is very sad for us because whenever we lose one of us in this House, a dark cloud hovers over the whole institution,” said Tayebwa.
He added on and said that the Parliament will liaise with government to pay tribute to Gen. Tumwiine.
“At an appropriate time, we shall be guided. But l urges the Leader of Government to liaise with the Leader of the Opposition so that a motion is prepared to pay glowing tribute to our departed colleague,” Tayebwe said.
Godfrey Katusabe (FDC, Bukonjo County West) described Gen Tumwiine as a distinguished son who served the country wholeheartedly.
“My deepest condolences to the President who is Commander in Chief and the UPDF”, Katushabe said.
Ayivu Division East MP, Godfrey Feta said that the late was a courageous and professional soldier.
“There was time here when we had a problem; a former colleague from Eastern Uganda died and was not brought and our colleagues from Eastern Uganda were not happy,” Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (FDC, Kiira Municipality).
Gen. Tumwiine served as UPDF representative in Parliament from 1996 to 2021. He also served as a Minister for security from 2018 to 2021. Gen Tumwiine was a senior presidential advisor, at the time of his death.