Dr Elly Karuhanga, a brother to Gen Elly Tumwine, has called on Ugandans to forgive and pardon the late for the wrongs he committed.
A brother of Gen Elly Tumwine, Dr Elly Karuhanga, appealed to Ugandans to forgive and pardon him for all the wrongs he committed, stating that he was not a saint.
Karuhanga made the remarks in an emotional letter mourning his brother now late Gen Elly Tumwine. He said he had known the late for more than 43 years and that he had always been an open book.
“You have left the country you loved. He has kept the faith, he has fought the fight, and glory and the crown await him. I want to thank Elly for his contribution to our country.”
Karuhanga said Tumwine saw the growth of the UPDF. He said during his (Tumwine’s) time in the army, he showed loyalty and patriotism. In Parliament, he said he participated in all democratic processes and always gave his whole to see the accomplishment of tasks.
He said whenever he was challenged for his strong views, he always faced it with humility and candour. Karuhanga said when it came to culture, Tumwine stood on the side of history. In the creative arts, he always showed his talent and originality.
“You sang for Uganda’s flora and fauna. You highlighted our fresh waters and mountains, you depicted Uganda’s beauty in your songs and writings. I can see Gen. Tumwine looking lovingly at his wife and kids,” Karuhanga said.
“I see him looking at UPDF and its commander in Chief Gen Yoweri Museveni and saluting, saying, colleagues mission accomplished Aluta continua.looking ahead to heaven,being received by UPDF Collegues,singing Tusongee tusongee mpaka Sayuni Fare thee well my brother.”
In addition, he shared that his (Tumwine’s) remarkable journey started in 1978 when he joined his teacher, commander, and leader Yoweri Museveni whom he admired so much until he breathed his last.
“When they returned in 1979 or 80, he and the late Sam Magara and the late Kanyungutuzi had turned Hon. Mathew Rukikaire’s house, Prince Tendo’s house and my house into hideouts for soldiers and arms. Which was a high risk for our lives. No doubt, UPDF and parliament will catalogue in much finer detail than myself.”
Karuhanga said at the time he lived he was always convinced that neither Death nor fear would stand between him and the liberation, democracy and happiness of his people.
“By the time he took up arms to achieve his objectives, Uganda with its small population at the time of fewer than 14 million people, was the fourth largest exporter of refugees. He died when Uganda is the number one Importer of unfortunate people called refugees from all over the world! And Ugandans are in complete charge of its future. There is nothing nobler and a higher call than sacrificing and risking your life for your country’s better future,” Karuhanga added.
He further said he wrote and sang patriotic songs for Uganda on top of loving his culture. He said he was also an artist and designed numerous things including the five thousand Shilling Note, a camouflage army uniform for UPDF in addition to logos and insignias of the army.
He superintended over Hero’s awards and he headed various Ministries and Departments. He was the longest-serving parliamentarian since 1986.
“After Uganda, he liberated his Mindset next. He made his own attire. He never saw the importance of a tie!Gen.Tumwine, never minced or sugarcoated his words. often he would speak with command and authority yet his heart was as soft as jelly. He loved passionately and he gave generously,” he cherished him.
Karuhanga recalled that he exchanged many cows with the late. He revealed at the time he was still alive, Tumwine had a register for the 900 cows he had given to his friends and to those who were more unfortunate than himself over time.
“He cared for many orphans and widows and paid school fees for very many people. I always told him that he reminded me of the indomitable Gen Moshe Dayan who lost his eye in battle, became minister of Defense for Israel and later died of Cancer. What a striking coincidence. Death has been close to me throughout my life,” he told the Israeli radio five days before he died. ”I don’t see death as a negative thing. Sooner or later I will lie on the hill in the Nahalal cemetery with my family.”
“His daughter told me that while he was in comma, Jolly read him his favourite bible verse, Isaiah 43:1 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine,” Karuhanga eulogised further.