At the time of general Tumwine’s death several controversies surrounded the offices he had held, just like any other person of fresh and blood weakness are inevitable, the former Minister of Security, Gen Elly Tumwine was quoted to have said that the police and other security personnel have a right to kill protesters if they are attacked.
Tumwine was Speaking to reporters at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, saying that he had no apologies for anybody who was killed while attacking security forces as they tried to put down protests that broke out on 18th and 19th in November 2020 that came up following the arrest of Bobi wine. This caused a public uproar
On August 22, 2019 Parliament’s Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee recommended that Gen. Elly Tumwine is reprimanded for breach of privilege of Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal and for being disrespectful to Parliament.
The committee’s recommendation emanated from its investigation into allegations of contempt of parliament levelled against Gen. Tumwine and his alleged attack on Cecilia Ogwal in the corridors of parliament.
In her statement to the committee during the investigations, MP Ogwal had said that Gen. Tumwine allegedly attacked her over statements she had made on the floor of parliament pinning him for drawing a gun against her. The alleged confrontation followed a debate in which several MPs accused Tumwine of severally questioning the powers of parliament and directives made by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Ogwal reported that after the debate in Parliament, Gen. Tumwine confronted her with fury, an action that posed a threat to her life. However, Tumwine told the committee that allegations by Ogwal about threatening her life were in bad faith.
In his report to parliament, the Committee Chairperson Clement Kenneth Ongalo-Obote said that from the conduct of Gen. Tumwine, the Committee found that he actually assaulted MP Ogwal. He defined assault according to Black’s Law dictionary that describes the term as a threat or use of force on another that causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact.
At one point when tumwine was Accused of disparaging parliament during the era of kadaga as a speaker.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine to defend himself against claims that he insulted her and belittled the institution of parliament. It was alleged that Tumwine had been undermined speaker Kadaga through the media after she issued a directive for him to vacate Nommo gallery in Kampala, which he has occupied for 20 years. Tumwine said he was to defend his ownership of Nommo gallery, adding that he was misquoted by the media.