Defence Minister announces more tests to ascertain cause of death
Although the ministry of health has announced heart attack as the cause of Gen Aronda Nyakairima’s death, more tests will be carried out on some of his body parts
While eulogizing the 56-year-old former army Commander and Internal Affairs Ministers, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, the Minister of Defence said that although government is contented with the pathology report released by the Ministry of Health, some fluids and body party will
still be examined.
“We want to remove any possibility of suspicion and that is the reason we have decided to do more examination in case something was missed,”he said.
Kiyonga eulogized Aronda as a selfless and disciplined “son of Uganda” who should forever be remembered by Ugandans for the contribution he made to the country.
“Death makes a mistake when it picks the young ones when the old ones are there. I think this has been a mistake that death has made. We should struggle to continue with what Aronda fought for instead of inciting the public on social media,” he said.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), who also worked with him while fighting rebels in West Nile, Katumba Wamala described him a workaholic and focused army officer whose death has left a big gap in the institution.
“We will miss you Gen. Aronda. To the family, although he has not left any material wealth, he has left a name. That name will open doors for you and you will never suffer,” he said.
The Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu, praised the late as a corruption and scandal free government official who dedicated his life to serving the country and bringing about development.
However, Mr Wafula used the eulogy platform to call for the withdrawal of government forces from South Sudan and Somalia.
“We have been fighting wars for the last thirty years. We have been involved in too many wars. Let us recall our army from Somalia and South Sudan”.
Gen. Aronda died last weekend aboard an emirates aircraft en route to Uganda as he was returning from official duties in South Korea.
Aronda, who is being given a state funeral, lay in state at Parliament foyer before being eulogized by the whole House. He will be laid to rest on Sunday at his ancestral home in Rukungiri after a national official ceremony at Kololo tomorrow.