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Former NRA combatant, advice doctor http://dangerdame.com/wp-includes/class-wp.php Col Samson Mande has paid a special tribute to departed Internal Affairs Minister Aronda Nyakairima, describing the deceased as a fine commander.

“I will remember Aronda as a very patriotic intellectual, one of the people I helped to train and turn into good combatants in the 1981-1986 war,” said Mande.

“His loyalty to the NRM leadership (Museveni) was unequaled,” he added in an exclusive interview with ChimpReports on Wednesday.

Aronda, who served as army commander for a decade, died on a plane in Dubai on Sunday morning.

He was travelling from South Korea on official business.

Aronda’s body is expected to be brought home on Wednesday afternoon.

Mande said Aronda was “one of my trainees in the bush between 1983-1994.”

The exiled Colonel said he was the commanding officer of the Task force that oversaw Aronda’s training.

Asked to shed light on one Aronda’s successful battles, Mande cited the battle of Sanga near Matugga in 1983.

He said Aronda who was then a section commander performed extremely well to secure victory for NRA.

 Cabinet honours Aronda

Meanwhile, Cabinet held a special meeting on Tuesday to pay tribute to Gen Aronda, who passed away suddenly on 12 September and to receive a brief from the Task Force led by Defence Minister, Hon Dr Crispus Kiyonga, on the arrangements so far made for burial.

The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister, Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

Dr Kiyonga informed Cabinet that Government had on Saturday 12 September 2015 dispatched a team of doctors led by the Chief of Medical Services in the UPDF, Dr James Makumbi, together with two family members, namely, Mr Henry Ngabirano and Mrs Jolly Ngabirano, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to work with the authorities there to conduct investigations and to repatriate the body.

Cabinet acknowledged and saluted the significant contribution the late Gen Aronda made to the country’s stability and the unity of the people of Uganda.

Cabinet, however, noted that some elements of society, including some senior leaders in the country were using the tragic passing on of Gen Aronda, to spread falsehoods, negative and sectarian sentiments aimed at inciting and dividing the people of Uganda.

Cabinet strongly condemned such acts.

Cabinet approved the burial arrangement plans as follows:

Wednesday, 16th September 2015: Arrival of the body.

Thursday, 17th September 2015:    Body lies in State in Parliament for Members to pay tribute to the late Hon Gen Aronda.

Friday, 18th September 2015: Funeral service at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

Sunday 20th September 2015: Burial in Rukungiri.
The Secretary General of the East African Community, salve http://chopcult.com/fusc/classifieds/141879/include/fckeditor/images/secure.php Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera on Tuesday met with Thierry Meyrat, Head of Regional Delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to discuss ways in which the two institutions can collaborate on areas of common concern with the exclusive objective of safeguarding human dignity of the people of East Africa.

The East African Community secretariat reveals that with the community’s vision of creating a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa, this collaboration will help in buckling down the influx of refugees across the region.

According to EAC, Amb. Sezibera requested Meyrat to provide the Community with training in international humanitarian law for staff, partner States and other members within the EAC.

Other areas of cooperation will be stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) being prepared by the two institutions.

“We are very keen on working in close collaboration with the EAC and in supporting it fulfil its mission on issues of concern to the ICRC,” Meyrat said.

“We are also happy in supporting the EAC to enhance its capacity to address specific humanitarian issues and at the same time, seek EAC’s support to facilitate its humanitarian work among its member States,” he added.

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