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Former security minister Gen Elly Tumwine is dead

Gen. Elly Tumwine. File Photo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The former Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine has reportedly died. The four-star General has been battling an undisclosed illness in a hospital in Kenya’s capital Nairobi where he was airlifted a fortnight ago. The Defense Ministry and Army Spokesperson, Brig. Felix Kulayigye could neither confirm nor deny news of Tumwine’s death when contacted by our reporter.

He asked URN to wait for an official statement. Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among is among the high-ranking government officials who took to Twitter to express their sadness about the General’s demise. “It is with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of our elder, liberator, Hero, Long-serving Legislator, and former Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine. My sympathies go to H.E Kaguta Museveni,” Among twitted.

Gen. Tumwine was appointed minister for security on March 4, 2018, replacing Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde. Besides being a minister for security, Gen. Tumwine was the longest serving Chairman of the UPDF General Court Martial and UPDF representative in parliament until May last year.

In November 2020, Gen Tumwine came under fire when he said police had the power to shoot and kill anyone violating the law while responding to questions from journalists about why security had killed over 50 people during simultaneous protests triggered by the arrest of then National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi while campaigning in Luuka district.

He is also remembered for pointing fingers and warning the former Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Charles Angina to stop meddling and engaging the army in land matters after the former deployed soldiers on disputed land in Muyenga.

Gen. Tumwine was born on April 12, 1954.




  1. I regretfully sending my condolences to family and friends of our great commander Gen Elly may his brave soul rest in internal peace until we meet again we have learnt much from you 🙏🙏🤚

  2. May u rest in peace my most brave man in Uganda. Maximum respect👐👐

  3. natural death or death by killings are both same. people must be sympathetic, sound-minded and humanistic enough in the instance of any type of death.

  4. respect to all men who sacrifice their life for the well being of our nation,a general dies a general and the generals legacy never dies out (may his soul rest peace) bravo

    • But Tugume, do not distort facts. if all those men sacrificed their lives for our country, they would be the ones dead and buried in mass or unmarked graves. In other words, what does the word sacrifice mean? Who asked them to sacrifice themselves for the country?

      The truth is: these men you are glorifying sacrificed (killed) and/or caused others (innocent Ugandans) to be killed in order to become what they are (Generals). Just like committing homicide in a domestic dispute; except committing abomination, since when is killing countrymen, women and children, in order to ascend to political power become sacred a virtue?

      • Brother/sister “O” realy do you thank NRA/UPDF?? are you a ugandan?? I wonder, may be you don’t breath like others. Ok.

  5. R.I.P. GENERAL ELLY TUMWINE Our nation’s peace and freedom fighter. The man of everybody, he was welcoming every body, he was a GOD Fearing man. He could not show off of his rank or government jobs. Oh GOD. Bye bye GEN.ELLY TUMWINE We shall meet. Kindly to GOD. OUR LORD GOD BE PRESENTER OF LATE GEN. ELLY TUMWINE’S FAMILY


  7. RlP Gen good enough you have made a foundation for ur successors

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