Gen Tumwine explains Mbabazi, Besigye medals


Former Presidential aspirants Amama Mbabazi and Dr. Kiiza Besigye sharing light moments

Gen Elly Tumwine who heads the national medals committee has explained why former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi missed out on medals given to former parliamentarians.

Mbabazi served in parliament as the representative for Kinkizi West constituency in Rukungiri district.

Tumwine who personally has five medals including; the Golden Jubilee medal, Luweero Triangle medal, Kagera medal and Rwenzori medal, says Mbabazi was not on list of MPs given medals.

“…because he [Mbabazi] already received the Golden Jubilee medal.”

Mbabazi was among those who started a protracted war in Luweero jungles that ousted the government of Milton Obote.

Meanwhile, Tumwine said FDC former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye got his.

At the time of awarding medals, Besigye was still in the UK while his wife Winnie Byanyima was in the US.

“Kizza Besigye got another medal other than the Golden Jubilee one. He got the Luweero Triangle medal,” Tumwine said while appearing on a local television this morning.

Tumwine says there is a huge backlog of Ugandans who have distinguished themselves and deserve a medal.

A huge list of 10,000 names was approved in 2012 to be awarded medals. Not all have been given yet.

“I know all of you are clamouring to get medal. There is bigger demand and pressure for people to be awarded.”

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