President Yoweri Museveni has eulogized the late Gen. Elly Tumwine as a resilient man despite being injured badly during the revolutionary war.
Museveni was speaking at the State funeral Service for the late Gen. Tumwine held yesterday at Kololo Independence grounds.
Tumwine, who was part of the 41 men that waged war against the Obote government in February 1981, died at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday last week where he was undergoing treatment for lung cancer aged 68 years.
The war Tumwine and others waged would climax in January 1986 when the rebel army under the leadership of Museveni captured political power in Kampala.
According to Museveni, Tumwine’s injury didn’t stop his participation in the war. Museveni appealed to Uganda’s young generation to emulate the spirit of patriotism and sacrifice that Gen. Tumwine exhibited.
Mr.Museveni on Tumwine 1…
Narrating bits of the war that led to the NRA victory in Kampala in January 1986, Museveni said that the first gunshot fired by Tumwine at Kabamba in a bid to capture guns from the armory was a mistake, but everything worked out for good in the end. Mr.Museven on firing 2..
In his sermon during the funeral Service, the retired Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward Muhima asked Ugandans not to agree with whatever is being written or said about Gen. Elly Tumwine without getting to know him.Bishop Muhima speaking….
Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the Chief of Defence Forces described the late Tumwine as a dedicated and hardworking cadre who grasped the ideology of the NRA, and UPDF and was able to pass it on to others. He will be buried today in Kazo district. May his soul rest in eternal peace.END.