President Yoweri Museveni has has lectured the bazukulu who celebrated the death of bush war veteran and Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine .

President Museveni took off some time to reacting to public comments on Gen Tumwine’s death . Museveni said his staff have been telling him about the tweets but he had not got time to look at them.

In his statement released by State House yesterday, Museveni said some of tweets including those by self exiled Kakwenza Rukirabashaija who “moaned” (read mourned) with pleasure and National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who became biblical, quoting “dust to dust” and admonishing everybody to be “humble” – meaning that Tumwine was not humble.

“That type of thinking is wrong for the following reasons: We all shall die, eventually. That, therefore, cannot be a matter for celebrating whether you like the person in question or not. People who do that are deceiving themselves. The only relevant questions, then, are:What contribution have you made in life and what achievements have you attained in life?” Gen Museveni stated adding that ,”On the two questions, the late Tumwine passes with flying colors because he came from a semi-traditional family (Christian but not educated balokole) and became a University graduate secondary school teacher by 1977. He later joined the anti-Amin Liberation struggle in 1979 and has been in the Resistance ever since, attaining the rank of General, MP, Minister, etc.

“I am told that he settled his brothers in the Burunga Farm where his parents were when I taught there in 1967 and bought his own farm in the Rwemikooma area and has left thousands of cattle, nice family house etc,” H.E the President commented. God gave him a wife, they have adult children who are all University graduates. Tumwine helped many children of the NRM veterans, one of them being Mariam Seguya, RDC of Kiboga.

Tumwine was active in the church, was a music composer and a painter of pictures. He was a member of the smart partnership movement started by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.”

President Museveni said that by celebrating that Tumwine has died at 68 years of age, after achieving all this, shows that the perpetrators are, at the least, shallow because the fallen senior army officer did not fear death since that is why he went to fight with arms, to look for possible death, when he was in his 20s, on account of patriotism and Pan-Africanism.

“Moreover, Tumwine because he lived longer than some of the other fighters, he cared for the children of some of the fallen comrades. Tumwine was an early achiever in education, a freedom fighter, an artist, a philanthropist and a wealth-creator (big farmer). If some people do not appreciate such people, it could be that they are either uninformed (ignorant) or they are parasites (want affluence without working).”

“The roads everybody rides on, the schools, the electricity stations that generate electricity for the night-club goers to have trans-nights and tweet the following day etc., are from the sweat of the wealth creators like Tumwine, not to forget the peace the tweeters are using to express their malice. Go and send tweets in Mogadishu, if you think peace is not important,” the President added.

“The tweeters who speak of belonging to the “have nots” who resent the “haves”, should be reminded that right from 1996, the NRM Government created the Entadikwa Fund based at the sub-county where the leaders are elected by universal suffrage by the voters. Ever since that time, the NRM is always sending money for precisely the have nots: NAADS; Youth Fund; Women Fund; OWC; Emyooga; and, currently, the PDM.”

Museveni revealed that Minister of State for Microfinance. Hon. Haruna Kasolo and Ritah Namuwenge of Emyooga are some of the beneficiaies of late Gen Tumwine’s contribution and can share with Ugandans their success stories.

“On account of some people complaining that the local elite “begabira bokka”, on account of sending support through the LCs, the CAOs or the OWC soldiers, we are now sending money directly to the saccos of the wealth creators (e.g. farmers) at the Parish level, cutting out the Government officials. Therefore, the NRM advice to the have-nots has always been; use these grants (OWC) or soft money (PDM, Women Fund, Youth Fund, Emyooga, Entandikwa, send a cow) to get out of the have-nots and join the “haves”.”

President Museveni said Gen. Tumwine will also be missed and the critics can look out for pictures at Rwemikooma (burial place for the late General) if they have spectacles to see the following and how much loved Gen. Tumwine was .

“Therefore, the malicious actors be informed that Gen. Tumwine was a success in every important aspect, the seven years spent away from home in the resistance notwithstanding.His comment about shooting rioters, is not his composition. He was informing the Public about the Riot Act, in Uganda the Penal Code Act, which is used in many countries.”

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