Gen. Tumwine to be buried on Tuesday

Man Jose Kayima

Government has released the tentative program for the burial of Gen.Elly Tumwine.

A vigil will be held at his home Nakasero tomorrow while I’m Monday there will be a public viewing and prayers at Kololo airstrip.

The body will be airlifted to Kazo with on Tuesday for burial.

He is one of the heroes of the 1986 Luweero bush war that brought the current NRM government to power.

Tumwine succumbed to lung cancer aged 68 on Thursday at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.


Tumwine was born on April 12, 1954, in Burunga, Mbarara District. He attended Burunga Primary School, Mbarara High School and St. Henry’s College Kitovu, before joining Makerere University, where he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art in 1977.

He subsequently graduated from the Cadet Officers Course at the Tanzania Military Academy at Monduli. He also attended the Senior Command Course at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka, in Jinja. Tumwine also held further military qualifications from the military academy in Vystry in the Soviet Union.

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