NEWS– The family of the former Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine have dispelled the news of his purported death stressing that he’s alive dismissing rumours making rounds on social media.
The family in a statement issued on the General’s social media accounts including Twitter said on Saturday night that Tumwine, 68 is alive but declined to give details.
“On behalf of the family of Gen. Tumwine, we hereby dispel rumours circulating on social media in regards to his health and well-being. Thank you for the love and prayers,” a statement shared by the family also copied to military spokesperson indicted.
Another brief statement separately shared by a family member, Barbra Ankunda Kamukama said Gen Tumwine was alive but fighting for life at a city hospital.
“Gen. Elly Tumwine is alive though not well. Kindly disregard the false news circulating on social media [that he dead] Ankunda said.
Gen. Tumwine who publicly justified the 2020 November bloodshed in Kampala was recently admitted at Nakasero Hospital, deep throat security and family sources had earlier told.
The bush-war hero whose travels abroad for specialized treatment was blocked by several countries over sanctions impossible on him by the United States of America, Germany and other European countries has been unwell until when he was admitted for treatment.
When the UPDF Spokesperson, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye was contacted to find out whether the general was responding to treatment, he said he doesn’t discuss health issues of individual army officers in the media.
“I don’t discuss one’s individual health conditions [in the media]” he is quoted by the authoritative Eagle Online.
Gen Tumwine was until June 2021 the security minister who oversaw the election security.