Ugandans have mourned departed Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima. The former army commanders died of unknown causes during a transit from South Korea at Dubai on his way to Uganda. The office of the Prime Minister has released an official statement about the former army chief’s death.
RIP; Gen Aronda Nyakairima
Death of Hon Gen Aronda Nyakairima:
Statement by Prime Minister RT Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda:
12 September 2015:
“We have today learnt, with great sadness, of the sudden death of Hon Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, the Minister of Internal Affairs. General Aronda Nyakairima was returning from South Korea, on official duties, transiting through Dubai. The cause of his death is not yet known. His family has been informed. Government has set up a task force, led by Defence Minister, Hon Dr Crispus Kiyonga, to coordinate all matters relating to this tragedy. A team of doctors–pathologists—is also being sent to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to assist with the post-mortem and the repatriation of the body. We will keep the country informed of any further details. General Aronda Nyakairima, who also served the country as Chief of Defence Forces, was a dedicated servant of the people of Uganda and his death is a tragic and huge loss to the country. We extend our deep condolences to the family and friends of General Aronda during this most trying period, and pray that the Almighty God comforts them,”–
Ruhakana Rugunda (Dr), Prime Minister[adrotate banner=”3″] Social activists Frank Gashumba has mourned his death by questioning circumstances under which the general who has never had any past medical complication died from. Below is what her posted on his wall: Frank Gashumba: General Aronda is dead and Ugandans are asking the cause of his death. This man has never had any medical complication. As usual we are forgetting that Brig. Mayombo died in similar circumstances. When will we Ugandans start thinking independently and start analysing things with our own eyes. As usual, Ugandans are going to believe in Press Releases. Never believe a spokesperson because he or she is paid to sugar coat.If General Aronda died of Cardiac Arrest as Ofwono Opondo states. Who has done that postmortem? And now Prime Minister is telling us that they have sent a team of pathologists to Dubai to do a postmortem and you think all of us are genetically blessed fools.
Who is Aronda Nyakairima
General Aronda Nyakairima (born 7 July 1959) is a Ugandan army officer who has served in the Cabinet of Uganda as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013. Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the highest military rank in the Uganda People’s Defense Force, from 2003 to 2013.
Early life and education
Nyakairima was born in Rukungiri District. He attended Kitgum High School in Kitgum District. He joined Makerere University in 1978, graduating in 1981, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in political science. He attended the Basic Officers Course in 1989, after the NRA had captured power in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. He later attended a course in Strategic Studies at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, USA. He also has further military qualifications from the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo.
He joined the National Resistance Army in 1982, soon after leaving Makerere. After the NRA captured power, he worked as an intelligence officer in the Ugandan military. He later was appointed Assistant Director in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF). He was then transferred to the Presidential Protection Unit as an Intelligence Officer. From there, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Armored Brigade before his appointment as Commander of the UPDF in 2003. He has represented the UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1996. In October 2010, General Nyakairima was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Centre at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas , United States of America, for attaining the highest position in the military of his country. Nyakairima, a 1993 graduate of Fort Leavenworth, was inducted together with General Eui Don Wang of South Korea, a 1986 graduate of the command college, and Major General Richard Rhys Jones of New Zealand , a 1992 graduate. Nyakairmina was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs on 23 May 2013. General Katumba Wamala was appointed to replace him as Chief of Defence Forces on the same day.
General Aronda Nyakairima is married. He does not drink or smoke. He is fluent in multiple languages including Luganda, English, Luo, Runyakitara, and Swahili. May his soul RIP