The body of former Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine, will not lie in state at Parliament for lawmakers to pay last tribute to him, despite having been an MP for 34 years.
Up until when he succumbed to lung cancer at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, Gen Tumwine was a four-star UPDF general, who represented the institution in Parliament (including the National Resistance Council).
His legislative tenure ended last May with the lapse of the 10th Parliament.
“We were advised not to [take the body to Parliament]. In the military, we work by orders,” the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye, said without naming the person who issued the instructions.
Relatives and friends last evening converged for a vigil at his Kampala home in Nakasero ahead of today’s official funeral at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where President Museveni is expected to attend.