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    Our Last 14 Days With Him Were A Furnace, We Were Tested To The Core – Gen. Tumwine’s Children, Wife Eulogise Him…



    The late Gen. Elly Tumwine with his children (R)

    Edward Muhima, the retired Bishop of North Kigezi in Rukungiri district has blasted a section of Ugandans who are celebrating Gen. Tumwine’s death.

    Gen. Elly Tumwine (68) died last week in Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi, Kenya after he succumbed to lung cancer according to the Commander in Chief President Yoweri Museveni.

    Tumwine served as commander of the National Resistance Army from 1984 to 1987. He was one of the highest-ranking members of the Ugandan military who recently called on police to shoot at protesters.

    However, the hate for Tumwine from a section of Ugandans sprung from comments he made after the November 2020 shootings where over 50 Ugandans lost their lives.

    Speaking to the press at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Gen. Tumwine said, “The police have a right to shoot you and kill you if you reach a certain level of violence.”

    Gen. Tumwine added, “The arrest of one person cannot justify what has caused death, injuries, confusion and stopping people to enjoy their peace. The arrest of any citizen is part and parcel of society, arrests are normal.

    Today, during a state funeral in honour of Tumwine, at Kololo Independence grounds, Bishop Muhima blasted those dancing at his grave to stop speaking rubbish.

    “There are people writing a lot of rubbish about him,  but before you agree to that, ask yourself did I know Gen. Elly Tumwine and what did I know about him,” Muhima emphasized during a sermon.

    Muhima added that Tumwine was a rare soldier who loved God and his country, something he said is unique about soldiers.

    A number of dignitaries gathered in celebration of his life including; President Museveni, First Lady Janet Museveni, Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Among, Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi among others.

    President Museveni arriving at Kololo to pay tribute to Gen. Tumwine


    The late Tumwine’s children described their father as an ever-available father.

    Cynthia Tumwine, one of his daughters noted that their father was a God-Fearing man who had a deep love for God, a deep love for his country but most importantly, a deep love for his family.

    “Growing up, we experienced so much from our father that, as a result, we have turned out to be loving people,” she said.

    She added, “From every single milestone as children, there is none that I can think of and not see my father’s face. From when we were born to when we were baptised and confirmed.

    “Birthdays are a very big deal in our family. If it meant that we had to stay up to 1:00 am waiting for daddy to return from his duties, we would stay up. Because what was a birthday worth celebrating without daddy present?”

    She further revealed that their father was full of energy and when they cry, they are grieving the death of their father because they knew he was at peace as he left.

    “It is more so that we will miss the energy that he was, the presence, smile, laughter and all the good memories.”

    Cynthia contended, “Daddy was proud of Uganda. He loved its beauty, nature, fresh air, food and the blessings this country has to offer.

    “One of the best things that I will always hold dear was the chance to work with daddy on his book, which was a collaboration with Prof. Gilbert, where he was able to document the NRM revolution.”

    Sarah Tumwine, his other daughter also revealed that their father was one of a kind. Unapologetically himself, unique in expression, passion and values.

    She also revealed that their father loved cows most especially collecting the beautiful long-horned cows. It was also greatly expressed in his artwork and sketches.

    “Starting from his childhood upbringing, daddy loved cows, most especially collecting the beautiful long-horned cows. It was also greatly expressed in his artwork and sketches.”

    Daudi Tumwine, a son to the fallen general emphasized that their father was a Child of God, a General of the NRA UPDF, the husband of one, and the father of many, both literally and figuratively.

    “Daddy taught us that it is never too late to do the right thing. Use your intellect to help people on the ground,” he stated.

    He added, “No one knows everything, and no one knows nothing. The biggest room in the world is room for improvement.

    “Our last 14 days with him were a furnace where my mother, Brenda and others were tested to the core.

    “To see your father look at you and tell you the words you fear most, not with his mouth but with his eyes and, in Daddy’s case, with one eye, is one of the hardest things I have experienced.”

    Health Minister Dr. Jane Aceng (L), Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze (C) and Speaker of Parliament Anita Among (R) lay wreath on Tumwine’s casket


    Jolly Tumwine, wife to deceased first thanked her children for taking care of their father and also the medical teams of Mulago and Nairobi.

    “They went up and above in trying to save Elly’s life. He was a man of all seasons. He remained true to his values and the values of the revolution.”

    She added, “For the 35 years we were together, I saw him grow in the walk with Christ and had committed to preaching the word of God later in his life.

    “He looked after many children and took them all the way to university. We are grateful for his big heart.

    “He always told us he was grateful to God for granting him all he wished for in his life. He was blessed, and we are happy to have lived with a blessed man.

    “I want to thank God for the life of my amazing husband, Elly. We shared a fulfilling life with ups and downs, and God kept us on the course, and here we are at the end of our vows, till death do us apart.”


    By Kalamira Hope



    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…



    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…



    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…



    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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