Following a recent verbal attack by Security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine on his junior Lt. Gen. Charles Angina in public, over the latter’s involvement in a land wrangle between businessman Godfrey Kirumira and his neighbour, a lot of people have come out to give their opinion on the incident.
Among those who have come out to criticize Gen.Tumwine’s actions is Capt. Mukula, a prominent politician from the Teso region and a diehard of the NRM who doubles as Eastern Region chairman for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. When asked about the incident, Mukula said Tumwine was wrong to attack Gen. Angina in the way he did. “It was not properly done. The UPDF is now a mature army. It has systems. Nobody can abuse an army anymore. And therefore, someone saying that they are using the army is not true.”
He went on to say: “UPDF is a disciplined army. It has a standing framework and if someone is found to be undisciplined why not summon him? The decorum of a person of Angina who rose to a level of a General has attained a status. Call that person in private or summon him in UPDF structures.”
Mukula said senior officers of UPDF with the characters akin to Tumwine’s should learn from Museveni who he said is the founder of UPDF. “They should learn from the founder of UPDF who is none other than Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He has never reprimanded an officer in public. He has worked with opponents; from Aggrey Awori, Moses Ali and Ali Bamwoze. However, it is an individual mistake and he, Tumwine, should carry his cross but he should not attribute it to UPDF.”
Adding on the list of those who feel Gen.Tumwine’s approach on a fellow Senior Army officer and former deputy CDF is Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa who has condemned the generals approach towards Lt.Ge. Charles Angina citing that Tumwine disrespected Angina and that he should there-hence ask for forgiveness for the unfair behavior.
Okupa was speaking at the concluded annual Teso Kampala Festival at Forest Mall Lugogo where thousands of Iteso Converged and danced away to their culture songs, foods and competitions among others.