Gen Elly Tumwine – Biography, Net Worth, Education, Death, Family

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Gen Elly Tumwine was born on 12 April 1954 in Western Uganda and is a retired Ugandan military officer, professional artist, and educator. He is the former Security Minister in the Cabinet of Uganda, between 2019 and 2021. He served as commander of the National Resistance Army from 1984 to 1987.

Education background

Gen Elly Tumwine attended Burunga Primary School, then Mbarara High School from where he obtained his East African Certificate of Education (EACE) in 1971. Then in 1973 Gen Tumwine obtained his East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) from St Henry’s College Kitovu.

Then, in 1977, attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, at Makerere University together with a Diploma in Education, Makerere University; abbreviated BA (FA)/DIP.Ed. He specialized in the history of art painting.

In 1980, Tumwine was awarded a certificate in Officer Cadet Course at the Tanzania Military Academy, Monduli.  In 1990, he attained a certificate in combined Army Course, at Vystry, Soviet Union (USSR). In 2005, Gen Tumwine again attained a certificate. He Passed the Command and Staff College, Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka, Jinja Uganda. He’s a member of the pioneer class.

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Gen Elly Tumwine has been a Member of Parliament representing the Army since1986 and he has served with all his heart. He is the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defense and Security, Government of Uganda since 1996 till date.

Gen Tumwine served as the Director-General, External Security Organization (ESO) since 1994-1996. In2001-2006, he served as the Chairperson, General Court Martial Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF). He was promoted to the rank of General in September 2005.

In 1989, Gen Tumwine served as the State Minister for Defense, the as the Army Commander UPDF later on. He moved on to serve in the ruling government NRM for more positions until he was retired from the army by Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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Gen Elly Tumwine is married and has children who include Cynthia Tumwine and Eriya Tumwine Junior.

Gen Elly Tumwine Death

It is unfortunate that he died from Aga Khan hospital where he was airlifted to after his health was deotrialating. He died of cancer related complications on 25th August 2022

Net Worth

Gen Elly Tumwine has been in the ruling government for over 35 years, and he has been serving in top positions. He is the owner of Uzima Water which is equally run by the UPDF, and many more businesses. His net worth is estimated to be around $400m.

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