Top army chiefs to grace Pan-African bonfire dinner


Gen Elly Tumwine

Uganda People’s Defence Forces chiefs are Friday expected to grace the Pan-African bonfire dinner scheduled for 5pm in Fairway hotel gardens.

Andrew Irumba, the host and founder of Pan-African Pyramid tells Insider, the chief guest is Internal Security Organisation boss, Brig Gen Ronnie Barya.

Other UPDF chiefs expected at the ceremony include; UPDF representative in Parliament, Gen. Elly Tumwine, UPDF chief political commissar, Col. Felix Kulaigye, army spokesperson, Col. Paddy Ankunda, and recently retired, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde.

Other important guests include; Kabarole MP, Hon. Alex Ruhunda, Red Pepper director, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Kyankwanzi national leadership institute lecturer, Prof. Kajabago Karusoke, Bank of Uganda governor, Prof. Emanuel Mutebile, Rtd. Justice Patrick Tabaro, presidential aspirant, Prof. Venansious Baryamureeba, Dept. RCC Henry Kitambula, musician H.E. Bobi Wine, Prof. Edward, Kakonge among others, who have all confirmed attendance at the first ever Pan-African Pyramid Bon-Fire Dinner.

Irumba insists the dress code is strictly African attire and tickets go for Shs 50,000.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Ankunda was yesterday spotted at Garden City shopping for African attire and readying himself for the event.

Today, Col Kulaigye was seen at Fairway Hotel Crafts Fitting checking out cultural wear [bitenge] ahead of tomorrow’s event.

Irumba says the dinner aims at bringing together all Pan-African members of the club in Uganda for a meet and greet.

“We want our members to meet and share ideas at tomorrow’s historic event so as to keep the spirit alive,” he told us.

The young pan-Africanist took us into history, stating that if Bunyoro’s King Kabalega could resist the white man with mere spears in the face of guns, “what have we [today’s generation] done to honour his legacy?”

Irumba says its time for this generation to take a stand and do something for the continent too.

“That starts with us sitting one table and forging away forward. That is one of the things the dinner aims at achieving.”

“Let us rekindle our roots,” he said arousing memories of a glorious independent Africa.

The Pan-African Pyramid is a political talk show hosted every Friday at Fairway hotel in Kampala and addressed by different Pan-Africanists from all walks of life.


It is sponsored by Fairway Hotel, Splash, Horizon TV, President’s Dairy, Media Plus and online news websites; Chimpreports, The Insider Uganda.

Irumba talks about the Pyramid:

THE PAN-AFRICAN PYRAMID is an intellectual non-partisan discussion forum built on the Pillars of PAN AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM whose Ideal/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.

We discuss topical social, economic and political issues across Africa and the world.

Topics are deliberately conceptualized to address deficiencies by filling the perceived gaps in the levels of awareness to generate knowledge and solutions to African problems, first by Africans themselves.

We do this without fear or favour.


VISION: To articulate the concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awaking amongst the BLACK people through advancing the notion of;

(a) promotion of the resurrection and unification of Africa, (b) revive interdependence in order to promote self-reliance amongst the African people, (c) promote the growing of food and storage, (d) inspire and give hope to the African people in order to promote unity and hard work, (e) to remember the humanity, glory and suffering of our ancestors, (f) promote the defense of our land, history and culture among others, as

one of the available avenue(s), relevant for stirring clear the processes, which do serve to HELP Africans to gain their long lost confidence, self-concept and self-esteem and, in this, Africa shall energize its resolve to attract quality investment, promote domestic growth initiatives, galvanize inventions and innovations, attract tourism and stimulate development.


As members of the local parliament- The Pan-African Pyramid, we are making celebrating our 1st Anniversary since we began walking the talk.

This dinner is mainly meant to do two things for us;

1- To mobilize ourselves and celebrate together, eat together, share together our challenges and seek solutions together.

2- It’s meant to rekindle our roots as Africans who would seat around fire, the old mixes up with their children for serous counselling, guidance very casually, yet very seriously.

Bonfire was an opportunity for parents, relatives and communities to share their experiences and share knowledge for the common good.

This has long gone, yet it’s an important aspect in African setting, thus the Bonfire dinner.

We believe as members, that Africa is not 3rd world, that’s the spectator’s view, Africa is 1st world.

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