By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
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.
President Yoweri 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.
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.”