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UPDF Condemns Social Media Pranks Declaring Gen. Tumwine ‘Dead’

Brig Kulayigye, in response on Monday morning described the post as a ‘shame’. “If modernity is equivalent to wizardly, then I would rather remain backward. In a society with norms, NO one wishes another dead!!! But some people are going to a great length declare the living, dead!”
15 Aug 2022 14:23
Courtesy photo of ailing Gen Elly Tumwine
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF has condemned social media antics for declaring Gen Elly Tumwine  ‘dead’. It follows a trending Twitter post announcing the  departure of the four stars General on Sunday night.

“It is with untold grief that we announce the death of our patriotic soldier and friend to the nation, Gen Elly Tumwine who has passed on at 10pm at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi where he was airlifted on Thursday. The UPDF shall communicate further arrangements”, the false Twitter post read.

UPDF spokesman Brig Kulayigye, in response on Monday morning described the post as a ‘shame’, saying: “If modernity is equivalent to wizardly, then I would rather remain backward. In a society with norms, NO one wishes another dead!!! But some people are going to a great length declare the living, dead!”

Earlier, Gen Tumwne’s daughter, Cynthia Tumwine, tweeted and dismissed the social media rants. “Adversity will teach you so much about human nature. That said I wouldn’t wish the last 24 hours on anyone. Time travel needs to undo social media because it’s currently in the pits. God is faithful regardless though. We give him praise”, she tweeted.

Tumwine, 68, is a retired Ugandan military officer, an artist and educator. He is the former Security Minister from 2019 to 2021. He also served as commander of the then National Resistance Army - NRA from 1984 to 1987.

Write-ups about Tumwine's alleged demise started trickling in on social media on Friday following his evacuation to Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya earlier in the week. It is not the first time social media is announcing Gen Tumwine’s ‘demise’, and other high profile Government officials.

Other personalities who have recently been announced ‘dead’ on social media yet they were still alive include the late Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya,  State Minister in charge of Karamoja Agnes Nandutu, and Eng Hillary Onek, the Lamwo County MP and Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.

Several of such falsified new items is what has prompted Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Muhammad Nsereko to introduce a law on cyber-harassment, which the Speaker has currently referred to the Committee on Information Communications Technology - ICT for further scrutiny.

In the proposed bill, Nsereko prescribes stringent measures to address the gaps, the technological abuse with its grave impact on health, human relations and society at large such as 15 million Shilling fine, lengthy jail terms or both, and a 10-year-ban from holding public office for convicted offenders.

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