Tumwiine Warns Wrangling UPDF Generals


here geneva;”>“There is a tendency by some army officers to think that they are so big. Don’t start feeling like you are the most important person in the world, ” said Tumwiine on Monday as he addressed promoted UPDF chiefs at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.

He added that such impunity was the root cause of regular cases of volatility in the army.

“In all our struggles, whenever individual egos override the common good, we experience turmoil,” added Tumwiine.

Tumwiine told the gathering that included top brass of the army, CDF Gen Katumba Wamala, IGP Gen Kale Kayihura, Lt Gen Charles Angina, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi among others who were recently promoted that “individually we are one drop but together we are an ocean.”

Tumwiine is widely respected in the army for having fired the first shot during the NRA struggle that saw guerillas led by President Yoweri Museveni shoot to power following the fall of the Okello military junta in 1986.

“The individual ego suggests the problem of our struggle and work. Always work towards the common goal of your organization you belong to. You must attain common results,” said Tumwiine, also a high ranking member of the UPDF High Command.

Tumwiine’s “words of wisdom,” as he described his statement, are timely considering that UPDF has been desperately struggling to convince the nation that the army is cohesive in the wake of Gen David Sejusa’s (Tinyefuza) widely publicized document revealing cracks in the defence forces’ leadership structure.

Sejusa recently called for an investigation into reports that some army officers were targeted for assassination for opposing the idea of Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi succeeding his father, President Yoweri Museveni.

He also accused Kayihura of witch-hunting him and harassing his staff at the Coordinator of Intelligence Organs’ offices in Ntinda, Kampala.

The controversial General is still holed up in London where he reportedly sought British police protection.

In the leaked letter to ISO boss Ronnie Balya, Sejusa said the “Muhoozi Project” had divided the army.

But Defence officials deny the existence of the project, with army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda describing it as a figment of Sejusa’s imagination.

Ankunda maintains Sejusa would be questioned by police upon return for making divisive remarks.

During the function, State Minister for Defence, Jeje Odongo, warned army bosses against intrigue.

“Pulling down colleagues won’t make you succeed. It is temporary. Time will come when you will fall and this is dangerous for the institution you work for.”

He also admitted that UPDF was facing “significant challenges,” adding, “We should not hide our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. The new leadership should spare no effort to address these challenges.”


Gen Tumwiine warned that bickering army officers were not only a threat to the survival of the UPDF institution but also a betrayal to “our departed comrades who shed blood to liberate this country.”

“As we celebrate what we are today, we are standing on the shoulders of our late comrades. Success will take care of itself if we are moving forward together. Better is good but best is better,” said Tumwiine.


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