General Elly Tumwine has died of cancer-related complications in Aga Khan hospital.

General Elly Tumwine was a Ugandan Military officer born in Burunga, Mbarara district on 12th April 1954. He attended Burunga primary school, Mbarara high school, and St. Henery’s college Kitovu for his secondary education. He later joined Makerere University where he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in fine Art and a diploma in Education in 1977.

He attended the cade officers course at the Tanzania Military Academy at Monduli. He also attended the senior command course at Uganda senior command and staff coll at Kimaka-Jinja in 2005. He also attended further military at the military academy of history in the soviet union.

General Tumwine has served the government in the following capacities; He was chairman of the high command appeals committee from 1986 to 1999.  In 1987; he was the commander of the army, and in 1989; he was the minister of state for defense 1989. Between 1994 to 1996, he served in the capacity of director general of the External security organization.  He was also a presidential adviser from 1996 to 1999. He has also on a number of occasions been the UPDF representative in Uganda’s parliament.

He attained the rank of general in September 2005 which also laid the capstone for his appointment as chairman of the UPDF general court Marshal.

The Uganda army’s uniform, the emblem, and the flag were all designed by the late general Elly Tumwine. During his reign in 2020; a number of torture cases were reported spanning from Bobi Wine’s Gulu arrest, and safe house torture cases, as well as the November massacre that saw over 30 Ugandans, lose their lives at the hands of the military and Uganda police.


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