The newly appointed Minister for Security, General Elly Tumwine, says that collaboration will cure insecurity in the country. Tumwine was speaking to journalists at Parliament immediately after his appearance before the Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
Tumwine was speaking to journalists at Parliament immediately after his appearance before the Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
Following a one-hour interface with the committee, Tumwine, one of the longest serving Members of Parliament said that he enjoyed his time in the committee and awaits its decision.
Asked what he is going to do to ensure security in the country, Tumwine emphasised the need for leaders and all Ugandans to work together for the country's security.
He assured Ugandans that he is going to work together with other security heads in the country to ensure that the prevailing insecurity in the country is solved.
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On streamlining intelligence sharing between security institutions, Tumwine said that the glitches are to be solved.
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President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday appointed Tumwine as minister for security, replacing Lieutenant-General Henry Tumukunde, who has been in the docket since June 2016. General Tumwine has, in different media interviews since his appointment, emphasised the need to work closely with all Ugandans in the fight against rising insecurity in the country.
He said that he is to mobilise and marshal goodwill of the public to bring back security to order.
Until his appointment as Security Minister, Tumwine was working as Senior Presidential Adviser, UPDF Member of Parliament and Member of the Military High Command.
Tumwine joined the army in 1979, among the cadets who were sent to Tanzania for military training shortly after the fall of the Idi Amin government. Other cadets with whom he trained include General Katumba Wamala, Lieutenant-General Ivan Koreta, Major General Pecos Kutesa and the late Brigadier Clovis Kalyebara among others.
In February 1981, a group of 41 men headed by Yoweri Museveni attacked Kabamba Military Barracks in Mubende district marking the start of what would become the five-year bush war against the government of Milton Obote. Twenty-seven of these men, including Tumwine, were armed while the rest were not.
It is Tumwine who fired the very first shot of the war on the morning of February 6, 1981 at Kabamba Barracks. He would suffer injuries and lose an eye in the course of the war that climaxed with the rebel army's victory in January 1986.
In 1984, Tumwine was named Commander of the rebel National Resistance Army (NRA), a post he held until 1987 when he was succeeded by General Salim Saleh.
He has over the years served in various positions including Minister of State for Defence in 1989, Director General of the External Security Organization (ESO) from 1994 until 1996, Presidential Adviser from 1996 until 1998, Chairman of the High Command Appeals Committee from 1986 until 1999 and Chairman of the General Court Martial in 2005.
He has also continuously represented the UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1986. In September 2005, he was promoted to the rank of General in the UPDF.
Tumwine is also an artist and while serving as the Commander of the NRA, he designed the flag, the emblem and the green and camouflage uniforms of the army. He was appointed chairman of the board of Trustees of the National Cultural Centre. In 1992, he launched his company, The Creations Limited, to promote the arts and crafts industry, encouraging artistic values and creativity.
Speaking to Journalists at Parliament, Tumwine who sang his favourite song 'Kino Kyekisela' promised to continue with his music and art.