The new senior presidential advisor on security matters Gen Elly Tumwine has said that he will advise President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to hand over power peacefully for the good of the country.
After handing over office to his successor Major General Jim Muhwezi, the former Minister of Security expressed his happiness towards handing over to his old colleague and a bush war general, Jim Muhwezi expressing his confidence in him.
“I promise my resolute commitment to you in executing your official duties at the Ministry” Tumwine told Muhwezi.
Tumwine who was appointed as the senior presidential advisor of President Museveni on security matters says he is ready for the new role and highlighted advising the president on smooth transfer of power as his first priority.
“As [I] take on my new advisory role, I will advise Kaguta Museveni to prepare for a smooth transition of power for a long-term stability of our country.” Tumwine added.
Museveni has been Uganda’s president since 1986 making him one of the longest reigning heads of state in the whole world
General Tumwine is one of the 27 men who started the Uganda Civil War (1981-1986) also known as the Uganda Bush War that brought Museveni to the presidency of Uganda five years later credited for having fired the first shot of the National Resistance Army.
He has since 1986 served in different army and government positions that include Minister of State for Defence in 1989, Director General for External Security Organization 1994-1996, Chairman of High Command Appeals Committee 1986-1999 and being representative of army in Uganda Parliament from 1986 to 2021 and Minister of Security.
A high ranking general who recently gave security organs an order to shoot and kill protesters during the 2020 Kampala Riots where an excess of 104 civilians were killed, it is now mesmerizing to hear Tumwine looking towards peaceful transfer of power.
— Hon. Gen Elly Tumwine (@GenTumwine) June 23, 2021