Gen Elly Tumwine, the man credited for having fired the first bullet that launched the five-year war of the National Resistance Army has died at the age of 68.
Tumwine died from Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was airlifted recently as he battled cancer -related complications.
Tumwine is one of the 42 people armed with 27 guns who attacked Kabamba barracks to launch the NRA protracted war that five years later in 1986 would usher the current government to power.
In 1981, when then rebel leader Yoweri Museveni went to the bush to form the National Resistance Army (NRA) after disputing the outcome of the 1980 elections, Tumwine went with him.
By January 1986, he was one of the six original members of the NRA High Command which later metamorphosed into the current UPDF High Command.