Tuesday 30 August 2022

Ugandans celebrate the death of Museveni’s Born again General Elly Tumwine: Besigye to Ugandans: “Don’t judge Tumwine”: Those celebrating Gen Tumwine’s death should be left alone, it is their right to be stupid- Gen Otafiire


 Late Gen. Elly Tumwine

Besigye to Ugandans: “Don’t judge Tumwine”



The leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) Dr Kizza Besigye, has lashed out at Ugandans who are celebrating the death of Gen Elly Tumwine, saying that only God has the right to judge the dead.

“I wish to encourage Ugandans to stop judging the dead. I am a believer and know that we are all descendants of Adam and so children of God. Let’s leave judgement of the dead to the Almighty,” said Besigye while appearing on one of the online televisions at the weekend.

Besigye made the remarks following “jubilation” from some Ugandans on social media upon the death of Tumwine.

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Besigye said judging the dead is unfair because Tumwine might have repented to God and therefore human beings have no rights to judge him.

“I wouldn’t wish us to judge the dead, leave judgement to our God. Judging the dead who can’t defend themselves isn’t fair. God is the only judge, because, in most cases, when people are at their weakest, they tend to return to God and some repent and regret. We commit the dead to the Almighty judge for final judgement. Let’s commit Gen. Tumwine to God,” he said.


Besigye however explained that he knows that people are hurting and their anger is justified because of the injustice they have faced over the years but anger against anyone shouldn’t make them inhuman, insensitive and cause them to lose their sense of compassion.

He mourned the death of the fallen soldier saying that he was a loyal cadre.

“I first met Gen. Tumwine when I joined the NRA and found him a deputy Commander to Magara (RIP). I was their medical doctor and I know most of them in most ways. Tumwine would take and implement orders from his CIC without question,” he said.

Tumwine died on August 25 at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi from lung cancer.

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Those celebrating Gen Tumwine’s death should be left alone, it is their right to be stupid- Gen Otafiire


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Those celebrating Gen Tumwine’s death should be left alone, it is their right to be stupid- Gen Otafiire

The Minister for Internal Affairs Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has said that the different people who have expressed satisfaction with the death of bush war comrade Gen Elly Tumwine have their right to do so.

According to Otafiire, it is not necessary to go around criticizing those celebrating Gen Tumwine’s death, he insists such people should be left alone because it is their right to be “stupid”.

“Those celebrating should be left to do so. It is their right to be stupid, you can stop someone from doing something stupid. In the army we are told that when your enemy combatant dies during war or if you kill them, you salute them because they are no longer your enemy, they have died,” Otafiire said.


“So those celebrating Tumwine’s death have a problem understanding,” he added.

Otafiire said that the comments made by Gen Tumwine during the height of the November riots could have caused his trouble but that was what he ought to have done according to the situation.

“I do not want to say it was right or wrong. It depends on the available situation. What would the minister of security have said? Should he have said no let protests continue so people kill security personnel?” he posed.

Gen Tumwine succumbed to lung cancer in Nairobi where he had been receiving treatment.

Following his death, a specific section of Ugandans took to social media to express satisfaction and jubilate.

Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda while commenting on Tumwine’s death said that it is sad the General had died before learning his lessons.

“The man who said that the security personnel have a right to shoot people to death is the one who has died. He had not learnt; he thought the army was above everything. The one who promised to kill people is the one God has called,” Ssemuju said.

Gen Tumwine is on record to have justified the actions of security personnel during the November 2020 riots.

“Police has a right to shoot you and kill you if you reach a certain level of violence,” Gen Tumwine said.