President Museveni has evoked bush war memories, saying the fallen bush war hero Elly Tumwine’s mistake in which he lost his eye was God’s plan.
The President was presiding over the public funeral of fallen four-star general, Gen. Elly Tumwine. The late died Thursday of lung cancer in Nairobi, Kenya.
As a result, there was a public mass for his relatives, friends and the public to pay their last respect.
The President was the Chief mourner.
While addressing the gathering, the President expressed condolences to the family of Tumwine.
“I express on behalf of the NRM, the UPDF and the country, condolences to the family of Gen Elly Tumwiine. Accept our heartfelt condolences,” the President said.
Museveni evoked the NRA bush war days when he said that Tumwine’s mistake which almost cost his life was God’s plan.
“First firing of Tumwine was a mistake, even all people were angry with him, but actually God used him. The mistake was God’s plan,” Museveni recalled.
It is in writing and also told of how Tumwine cheated death was during the bush war following the November attack at Bukomero.
The senior army officer lost his eye in the attack, in which he fired he first bullet. Before his death, he was been using November 1st each year to launch his songs and painting in remembrance of the day he nearly died.
Museveni, did not conclude his speech without telling off those enjoying in a negative way, Tumwine’s death.
The President said Tumwine achieved so much “People insulting Tumwine, are wasting their time because he has accomplished so much,” the President said.
According to Museveni, Tumwine has been asked to only wrestle the gateman but not fire any bullet since this would alert other soldiers in the barracks.
“When Tumwine fired, there was a Tanzanian corporal near the armory who heard the shot and saw Magara vehicle driving. He shouldn’t have fired but wrestle the man. Because of this, we couldn’t get the big guns. “
Museveni noted his colleagues took a swipe at Tumwine for not following their plan not to fire but rather wrestle the gateman at Kabamba barracks in the foiled attack.
Tumwine will be buried tomorrow at his home in Kazo.