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Opinion: If you want to be remembered as a hero, act like one…

Today, the announcement of Gen. Elly Tumwine death. As he died while getting treatment in Nairobi, Kenya. He was airlifted last week, as his health deteriorating. Ever since then there been speculations and also dismissals of his demise.

However, the General, the former Security Minister and Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Member of Parliament has a legacy, which he wishes he don’t hold. People want to be eulogized in the finest manners, especially the ones who held power. In the instance of Tumwine, you cannot get both and that’s because of his his judgment while living.

Gen. Tumwine could have planted roses, built magnificent buildings and been a charitable man after he “fought” the liberation war. He decided to do other things. Server the new regime and be the face of impunity. Tumwine wanted to show force and be reckoned with. That’s why nobody should look into his action or be transparent about it. This is why he blocked MPs from investigating in person at ungazetted “safe-houses” and neither has he served any consequences for using lethal weapons on protesting civilians up to the General Election of 2021.

So, the people wanting sympathy and eulogises of wisdom, mercy and mere legends. Well, that isn’t who he is. Yes “he fought” a selfish war for personal gains to grab land and power. That’s why he used “we fought” on a regular basis. He was part of the 1986 brigade that acted above the law and didn’t have pay for their misdeeds. While others would be severely punished by the same group of gentlemen.

Within family or friends, he might be soft-spoken, a loving father, uncle and buddy. That side the public didn’t see. Neither did they care if he loved music or not. When he could be part of system that kidnapped, tortured and kept civilians incommunicado in safe-houses with no prior conviction or trial. Those sorts of acts will be a mere reflection of his actions while living.

He chose this life and the burden of acting like this. The ones who wants a heroes journey and a braggadocios end. Well, that for someone else… that was maybe the beginning of his journey, as he participated in the liberation war or bush war in the 1980s. However, everything he did since then wasn’t noble and he became part of another dictatorship. Yes, he stopped the previous ones, but he ushered in a new one. Where he thrived and lingered in the offices of power. Where he was used as a tool and a face of injustice. He didn’t mind and kept on doing his business.

So, when all the innocent people has been touched by this man. All the people that lost their lives and the ones who are scared for life. The families who has lost their loved ones, the breadwinners, the fathers, the mothers and the sons or daughters. They never got a proper chance to say goodbye. Because, Gen. Tumwine had decided their fate. He accepted the merciless acts of injustice and he served it, time and time again. That was what he did with his role and his time on earth.

He could have painted pictures, written novels, a teacher of leadership or even bravery, as he stood in the battle and lost an eye doing so. Nevertheless, he didn’t do that. The sacrifices he made got paid back thousands of times. He got office, shillings and perks, because of what he did. The bills got paid and he got treatment of an honourable. That’s why it’s not like he didn’t earn on the bush-war. He did and he thought he was entitled to it.

One of the “We Fought” is now gone. One of the men who carried out order without mercy. Has now left earth. Now, the NRM and the UPDF will salute the man. He served them kindly, but not the people. Peace.

Opinion: Gen. Tumwine cannot intimidate death

The National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army General Elly Tumwine cannot run away from the past or the present. There is a reason why people are celebrating your death and wishing you dead. That’s because of the choices you did while in power and in office. It isn’t like Gen. Tumwine is innocent or a choir-boy. We all know what sort of man he was and that’s why people are addressing their grievances.

Gen. Tumwine won’t be fondly remembered by plenty. That’s his legacy and the career that he built. No matter what sort of sacrifices he did in the Bush. The generations after that didn’t eat out of that. Except for a small marginalized click of NRA fighters and the anointed people around the President. Therefore, Tumwine can be praised by those, because he kept the NRM alive, but not serving the people.

Gen. Tumwine was on Thursday flown to Nairobi, Kenya in critical condition. After rumours of his death yesterday on Saturday. We don’t know how his condition or sickness for that matter. He has to be ill to be flown out and not getting treatment in Kampala. That’s why the state has offered this and made it possible for him. A sort of service and option that the average citizen would never see or have ability to do.

The General knows perfectly well what he did and the lives his taken. That is something he knows. Both as an army commander, Minister of Security and all the other roles he had in government. Tumwine has played a vital role in the security apparatus and he has had no scruples. That’s why he blocked MPs to have oversight of “Safe-Houses”, using soldiers to quell to demonstrators and all other measures to be in power. Therefore, his life work has been surrounded by terror and death.

He has chosen to intimidate and scare. The weapons, the soldiers and the use of torture to get his ways. Gen. Tumwine has used this and spelled out it a lot of times. He has acted above the law and been practically the law in flesh. Now, his meeting the one thing he cannot overpower, which is ageing and health.

Gen. Tumwine and the family might want sympathy. However, the General never shown that to the dissidents, the rioters or the ones fallen. No, he has expected total retribution and demise of the ones in his way. This man haven’t served with concern of life or worried about using lethal means. No, that’s been his code. So, a man like that is hard to give any sympathy too. His made this bed and he got to sleep in it.

That Tumwine is on life-support at Aga Khan in Nairobi says it all. He did his whole defend a government and a system, which couldn’t help him when he needed the most back-home. The man who was UPDF MP in Parliament for ages. A former Minister for Security and all the other roles served. Certainly, he could have offered and made amends while in office. However, he chose to be a Freedom Fighter and be a loyalist of the NRM.

This is why Gen. Tumwine is paying the price now. His part of “them” and the ones who has enforced brutality, torture and extra judicial killings. As a leader and as a man who choose to do this and that’s why people will not shed tears for his demise. Because, people know people who has been touched by his orders. The system he was part of and he could easily order death. That’s why people will not sorrow when his day comes.

Gen. Tumwine and family might want him to be remembered as a legend or bush war hero. However, the innocent lives on his record will stain him forever. The lives that he has shattered, the families he has broken, that will linger on and be part of his legacy. This was choices he made and prospered while doing so. It isn’t like he couldn’t have changed path or decided differently. Everyone can take a moral stance or consider their actions. However, he choose to get people abducted, use safe-houses, order soldiers onto the streets and use lethal force against civilians. That’s the sort of man he was and that he cannot run away.

He cannot run away from that, not even in death. Since that’s what he did as a living and a man in power. The General could have done it differently, but that wasn’t his character. People are celebrating his demise, because he ordered the demise of others. That’s why he will not be fondly remembered by everyone. He might have been a good father, a great grandparent and a family man. However, that doesn’t change the blood that is on his hands. That they cannot erase or get us to forget. Peace.

Opinion: Bambi… Tumwine is late … Part II

What did you mean when you said let the president retire peacefully?

Who doesn’t know it? Those who want to understand it, understand it, those who don’t want to understand, it’s up to them. Who doesn’t know that anybody who is working at one point must retire? Who doesn’t wish the president well? Who doesn’t want our president to retire peacefully?

When do you want him to retire?

When the right time has come; when God says this is the time to retire so that others take over from him. That time must come and it should be peaceful. That is my prayer.

It becomes your prayer after you have been sacked as minister?

No, I have not started now but the handover was the best occasion for me to put out that message.” (Muhammed Kakembo – ‘Gen Tuwine: I love Museveni but he must retire’ 30.06.2021, The Observer).

The General of all ages Elly Tumwiine was at it again. This time in a interview at CBS Radio. Where he discussed the outburst and speech, as someone else took over his role in the cabinet. He went from being a Minister and MP to become a Presidential Advisor. He has been demoted and since then wished retirement on President Museveni.

This is not shocking, but a tendency of people who has a fallout of grace. That they suddenly wish the end of the Museveni era. It was all cool and dandy when they had an office and was in good graces. However, when they are not useful anymore.

That’s when they strike out and speak their true opinion. Now, Tumwine is all out and speaking of retirement. When there has no signal of that and no plans of an official transition. Though, there have been secret plans to usher in the son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga under the code of “Project Muhoozi”.

So, don’t be shocked if that is on the table and people are sudden on guard for that one. Nevertheless, the General doesn’t speak of this. It is a generalization, which everyone can agree. The advanced aged President and Self-Styled President for Life. Has run its course and should have ended a long time ago. His Presidency isn’t turning better, but for the worse as the time goes by.

Tumwine isn’t saying that and neither is his peers. It is more mumbo jumbo and static friction. There is a lack of general concern and a reality check. It is like we are supposed to it this meal and let bygones be bygones. Like the likes of the General didn’t help this to happen and him being a loyal servant for the cause for years.

That’s why this is hard to believe and BAMBII his late to the appointment. Man, the jam must have been hard to cross from Kawempe to Makindye. It has taken ages and the jam must have been crazy. Because of the VIPs and the H.E. who has passed through the Central Business District and held a speech at Hotel Serena or something. Since, it has taken this long for him to get here.

That’s why we can question him. It is only happening now and not ages ago. He has let this happen and happily abided. He has entertained this, and he cannot suddenly twist his tongue and make it believable. Peace.

Opinion: Bambi… Tumwine is late …

You know it should be our duty to save him from being ‘ngamba nyenka’ . The Banyankole have proverb ‘ngamba nyenka anyunka amarwa mabi’; That the one who does not take advice brews some bad beer. But we should save the president that problem or we should save him from the disease diagnosed by political scientists and political psychologists that is called hubris syndrome” – Gen Elly Tumwine (24.06.2021).

The one with the highest honours, the one who has shielded and been entitled for rewards. A man who is of the golden generation and one of the trusted allies of the President. He suddenly has a moment of clarity. Though, do I think it is profound and real?

Nah… his just toying around with it, because it will do him no harm. He knows that he will sooner or later get a role. Become a special envoy or appointed to a government role. His not worried about the future. Just like Gen. Moses Ali never have too worry. They always have a place and will get a plum-job somewhere.

That’s why I don’t really believe the words of General Elly Tumwine. The loyal and trusting fellow. Who has been by the side of the President since forever. He been one of the cadres of Museveni and he has enjoyed the spoils.

Why would he turn now… well.. I think it is just causing some headlines and it will die out. His to old to renegade and act a fool. Not like he will become a dissident and be on the streets jamming for support. Neither will this man join party with Robert Kyagulanyi or Mugisha Muntu. No, this man will sooner or later ask of relevancy again.

I can say that while most of my senior colleagues in the struggle have been ministers for very many years, me in the 35 years in our regime, I have been minister for less than five years but throughout the rest of the time, I have supported, I have worked, I have guided, I have helped those who are in those official positions and I have served Parliament representing UPDF for all those years since 1986. As a matter of fact, to date, as we speak I am the longest continuous serving Member of Parliament in the history of Uganda and in the British system they call him the father of the house; the one we follow but here they refused it for whatever reasons” – Gen. Elly Tumwine (24.06.2021).

We can clearly see that he has no regard to do that. He see himself as a great person and wants to be respected, as he has been a UPDF MP until this term. That says a lot and his proud of it too. He wants to be the father of the house and be seen as a honourable still. Even if he never needed to go to the districts, the sub-counties or even campaign for his role as an MP. He won special elections with delegates of the UPDF. Which has 10 slots for the UPDF regardless of the popularity. A questionable army interference in the Parliament from the get-go. So, it is not like the General have been elected for his charisma or his political capacities. No, he was a token soldier for the cause of the President and supposed to follow his direction blindly. Therefore, his own ego is bigger than the mountains of the Himalayas.

Showing his loyalty still, even after the transitional talk. He still has a soft cushion to land on: “Let me assure you of my commitment to support you as I will be Senior Presidential Advisor of Security and as a fellow freedom fighter, which duty goes much beyond being a minister. You know some of you are dying to be ministers and you see people anchoring to be ministers” (Tumwine, 24.06.2021).

You know his unhappy with being demoted and becoming a Presidential Advisor. That role is close to pointless and has now power. A man who has been in Parliament, been a Minister and held various of roles in the Security Organizations. He doesn’t want to be aligned with Jennifer Full Figure and Butchaman. No, he wants to be seen as useful. He fought… so he should be rewarded to the death of him.

That’s the spirit that always come and shows the heart of the occasion. The General don’t want to be a Presidential Advisor. We all can see that… he don’t want to go out of Parliament either. He feels that he has to retire, but the President doesn’t have too.

That’s what he feels is unfair. As a loyal soldier… and he should see the Head of State retire too. However, they have all worked to give him the Presidency for Life. Gen. Tumwine just find it unfair and that’s why his warning now.

Nevertheless, the General and all of his buddies have helped to feed this monster. They have made it all possible and they have all followed his directions. The General and his fellow peers has ensured and sounded the horns, whenever the President have called. Therefore, it is to late to cry now. These people are accomplices to it and they have to carry their burden for it. Not only for the coup d’etat in 1986, but for participation in his reign.

Tumwine have been a individual linked and been part of the NRM. They are not separated at any point of time. The General has to answer for his time and what he contributed. Not like the President have changed overnight and now is a danger of being a dictator. That’s something his been for years. It is late to sing psalms about it now. Now that your not as important and doesn’t have a title to your name. You are as important as the influencers from the ghetto.

General, please be dismissed. Peace.

Parliament Reports shows Gen. Tumwiine lack of discipline!

Who is the Speaker? Who is she? What is Parliament? The Speaker rules over Parliament. She does not rule over Uganda. This Country was liberated by the military but not her Parliament. Do not tell me about your Speaker and about your Parliament. The army cannot be directed by civilians.– Gen. Elly Tumwiine on 23rd July 2019

We knew something was up as the reports of the altercation in parliament between Hon. Cecilia Ogwal and Gen. Elly Tumwiine on the 23rd July 2019. What went down where not been sure of, but what the reports are stating and the recommendation from the majority shows why these sorts of things has to be sorted out correctly.

Because, there is always to side to every story and by all means, the culprits, the ones charging against someone. Always or most likely want to look more innocent or more nicer, than they really was. Secondly, in this narrative as the story progress, the historical and the title of Tumwiine comes to haunt his actions. His a many of the army, the rebel outfit NRA and acts like a intolerant rascal. Which is not a good look, especially if his so proud of being an army man. Than, he should keep his cool and show finesse. Alas, that is not the case with an entitled man, who cannot come under question.

That is why these parts of the reports is striking to me. As they show the intent and also the reasons why Tumwiine lack discipline and needs to be reprimanded by the Parliament. Which is a bad look for a General and some of his stature, shows that his not that great after all.

Key aspect of Minority Report:

Hon. Cecilia Ogwal while in the committee averred that Gen. Elly Turnwine attacked her while sitted in the parliamentary lobby in the presence of some members of parliament. She further contended that the General pointed a finger at her and said “You are a liar, I have never pointed a gun at you”. That the General left and shortly came back and repeated the same words. That Hon. Gen. Elly Turnwine being a General of the UPDF, she apprehended fear for the safety of her life and the entire family” (Minority Report, 2019)

Key aspect of Majority Report:

Hon. Ogwal statement – “On what Hon. Gen. Tumwine said to make her feel threatened, she responded that, He said: ” You are lying, I did not pull a gun at you. You are a liar.” She also informed the Committee that his body language obviously displayed fury and agitation which scared her and the people around her. They anticipated a physical attack. She further said that if anything happened to her or any of the members of her family she would know that Hon. Gen. Tumwine was involved. She wondered why he would attack her twice with no provocation. She informed the Committee that she felt her life was threatened by the assault of a top military leader, aware of the fact that in the recent past many prominent Ugandans have been killed in unclear circumstances in this country. Her health was also affected as indicated by her blood pressure which continued to rise and could be controlled by medication since the incident of 23rd July 2019” (Majority Report, 2019).

Hon. Gen. Tumwine was pointing at Hon. Ogwal and leaning over her. He was almost poking her eye. Hon. Adong said she was so scared, more so with the fact that she grew up during the wars in Northern Uganda” (Majority Report, 2019).

Conclusions:

The House adopts the resolution to reprimand or admonish the Member; The Member to be reprimanded or admonished is ordered by the Speaker to stand at the Bar of the House. In the event that the Member is not in the Chamber at the time, the Member may be called in to receive the reprimand or admonition forthwith, or may be ordered to attend the House the following day or some later day (except if the House chooses to reprimand the Member in absentia). The Committee’s recommendation that the Member stand at the Bar is based on the precedent set by Rule 90(2)of our Rules of Procedure, where an apology is made at the Bar” (Majority Report).

Now we have to wait and see if Speaker Kadaga will force an apology out of the General. That would show some real character of him. Not that it suits him or his ego, but surely would show some humility. Which is not a word I would commonly use for a man Elly’s stature. Because, his more ruthless and direct. He doesn’t spare anyone and everyone should be his servants.

That is why his addressing the rest of the Parliament as mere civilians, who shouldn’t dare to insult his authority as the army of both liberation and now currently safeguarding the public. That is the sort of man Tumwiine is.

We can clearly see that Majority is displeased and concerned by the actions made by Tumwiine, which acted as brute within the chambers of Parliament. Instead of feeling the room, he went straight for Hon. Ogwal. Which even intimidated the ones around her. That shows what sort of play he did. That is why he should think of his actions and his words. Because, they matter and causes a stir. He could show finesse, could show character, but don’t expected.

His NRA entitlement will overboard any civility out of a man like Tumwiine. He will only loot, conquer and eat. He will not do an apology, unless the President sends him a order to do so. Peace.

Reference:

The Parliamentary Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline – In the Matter of Hon. Cecilia Ogwal and Hon. Atkins Katusabe Versus Gen. Elly Tumwine (25.08.2019)

Parliament of Uganda – REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, PRIVILEGES AND DISCIPLINE ON AN INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GENERAL ELLY TUMWINE, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT REPRESENTING UGANDA PEOPLE’S DEFENCE FORCES (UPDF) AND MINISTER FOR SECURITY (August 2019)

NRA Historicals entitlement continues with Tumwiine, Tumukunde, Kyaligonza and Muhwezi!

 

“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.”David Hume

Minister of Security, Gen Elly Tumwiine, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza and Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi is all-same of the same efforts and sort of the same political tribe. They are showing their arrogance and the over empowerment, as they act entitled to everything and everyone around them.

This has been seen with Gen. Tumwiine acts against Cecilia Ogwal MP in Parliament and the threats against her. As she has criticised the government and the Minister in his efforts to torture and harm the ones in the way of the NRM agenda.

The same can now be said about Lt. Gen. Tumukunde who has always used his position to his advantage, even now that he has fallen and been replaced by Tumwiine. He is still one of them, which is why he will rise like phoenix and think he can overshadow any candidate in his way in the Lord Mayor race in Kampala. Because, he is entitled to it, by his sacrifice in the struggle, just like Tumwiine.

The same could also be said about Maj. Gen. Muhwezi who is supposed to automatically bounce back as Rujumbura County Member of Parliament. We can see the same narrative, the same way of enganging and the over indulged people of the NRA/NRM, who can by a light-switch turn-on or turn-off without any issues.

Other people would be in big trouble, if they were doing and acting like Gen. Tumwiine, if even an Opposition MP tried to say anything like that. Would be charged with offensive communication or even annoying the President. It would be something like that, even inciting to violence, which it actually is. Still, since his character and assumed role in the NRA, his entitled to act this way.

That is why earlier in the year. Maj. Gen. Kyaligonza could earlier in the year assault a female police officer and the case is still pending. The Burundian Envoy is still at-large and haven’t paid any respects or apologized, but expected the highest honours for his contribution to the NRA liberation to be paid in full, also by being a man above the law. That is who these people are.

They are all part of this tribe, this unique fellowship of patronage that surrounds the President and his courts. Like an ancient relic of the middle ages, where the ones standing by the crown and had the seal of the state could be the law. The same is with these people. They anticipate and acts like it. Its their gift to the world and the President, the National Resistance Movement promotes it.

That is why even Evelyn Anite, the MP (whose far from being an NRM Historical) is proudly saying “we have the army” so we don’t have to fear nothing. This is how they act and how they are abiding by the law. The rest have to follow suit, but these ones can act above and not even be questioned for doing so.

They are all saying, they will get what they want and without question. They can intimidate, they can violate people, but everyone should still praise them for their role in the liberation war in 1980s. Which this generation and the coming one, didn’t even live under or even see. They are the kids and grandkids of it. Still, they have to pay respects and be humble towards them. Give them whatever they want and expect it to be noble. When it really isn’t, at this point, a statue and a bronze shield with their name plus all the government salaries over the years. Should be more than enough.

They are not overlords, but supposed loyal subjects to cause, which they have abended on their way to entitlement and riches. Instead of fighting for the peasants and their rights, they are now eating of their plate and expect a salute from them for it. This the NRM and what they are currently standing for. Peace.

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