By Ivan M
It is a black Thursday for the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and Uganda as a whole following the untimely demise of Gen. Elly Tumwine.
Gen. Tumwine, who was one of the National Resistance Army (NRA) Bush War heroes, passed away last night according to media reports, after battling cancer for a long time.
One of the heroes of the 1986 Luweero bush war that brought the current National Resistance Movement (NRM) government to power, Tumwine died at the age of 68, at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
One of the heroes of the 1986 Luweero bush war that brought the current NRM government to power, Gen Elly Tumwine has died at the age of 68.
The fallen General, who was also a former minister for Security, is one of the 42 people armed with 27 guns who attacked Kabamba barracks to launch the NRA protracted war that five years later in 1986, enabled the NRM to take over power.
Having left his teaching career in 1978, Tumwine joined the FRONASA forces led then by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
He served as commander of the National Resistance Army from 1984 to 1987.
However, he was one of the highest-ranking members of the Ugandan military who called on police to shoot at protesters.
According to Wikipedia, he also ordered the military to kidnap, illegally incarcerate and sent opposition members to be tried in military courts based on trumped up charges which resulted in Bobi Wine supporters suing for Human Rights violations.
This led United States of America to sanction the Ugandan Generals over Human rights abuses.
He was also a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing the Uganda People’s Defence Force.