EXCLUSIVE: South Korea: Gen Aronda’s Death a Shock

Brig Leopold Kyanda being welcomed to the residence of the South Korean Ambassador in Kampala on Thursday evening

The Lions Club International (Uganda) in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network and Serena Hotel on Saturday launched a community library in Kamwokya.

The ceremony held at Treasure Life Youth Centre in Kamwokya was attended by students from 21 nursery and lower primary schools in Kampala, erectile Wakiso and Entebbe.

It was in commemoration of World Literacy Day.

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Speaking at the launch the chief guest Mr Naboth Nahamya commended Aga Khan and Lions Club for promoting literacy levels amongst children.

Nahamya represented Hon. Shem Bageine Minister for East African Community Affairs.

“Being able to read and write empowers an individual to be able to make informed decisions and improve his/her status in life, stuff improves one’s health and income status, ailment ” said Nahamya.

He went on to say, “A literate society is able to deal with society is able to deal with societal, economic and health problems in an informed manner”.

The involved partners have stocked the library with books and playing games worth Shs 4m.

Dr. Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare, the Coordinator of Lions Club Community services hinted on the importance of literacy.

“Reading is so important in one’s life. It’s a foundation for school going children to understand and pass exams.”

Naboth Nahamya from Ministry of East Africa Community Affairs who officiated at the event officially opening the community library

Naboth Nahamya from Ministry of East Africa Community Affairs who officiated at the event officially opening the community library

She said such community libraries will increase access to books and foster learning and development of children even outside the school environment.

Representing the Madrasa Childhood Program of Aga Khan Foundation in Uganda, Mr Shafique Ssekalala said this intervention aims at involving parents in children’s reading.

“We are celebrating this event because we strongly believe that children can succeed in their studies if effectively supported to learn how to read especially in their early years,” he noted.

The event also saw pupils from various schools engage in a literacy competition to assess their reading skills.

Those who emerged winners were consequently rewarded.

Items in the new public library

Items in the new public library

The South Korean government has regretted the death of Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister, about it Gen Aronda Nyakairima, approved saying it was a “shock”, sick Chimp Corps exclusively report.

South Korea’s Ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong-Dae told diplomats and army officers in Kampala that Seoul was touched by Gen Aronda’s demise which occurred last Saturday.

“We received the news of Gen Aronda’s death with shock and sadness,” said Park.

“He was a good friend of Korea,” he added.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the bereaved family of the late Hon. Aronda Nyakairima and pray for his soul to rest in peace.”

This was during a reception held to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of the Defense Attaché, which took place at the Ambassador’s residence in Kampala on Thursday night.

The function was graced by the Chief of Staff of Land Forces, Brig Leopold Kyanda.

Brig Kyanda addressing the gathering

Brig Kyanda addressing the gathering

South Korea’s Director of the overseas intelligence, Korea Defense Intelligence Agency (KPIA), Chung Anho and the Defense Attaché Kwon Youngbae also attended the function.

Park told a gathering of about 70 personalities including diplomatic corps, government officials, and military officers that Seoul “sympathises with Uganda and the family of Gen Aronda” over the death of the former Chief of Defence Forces.

he further pointed out that that South Korea looks forward to the improvement of the bilateral military cooperation between the two countries and hope for the development of the Korea-Uganda Defense Attaché.

Gen Aronda succumbed to acute heart failure while transiting through Dubai from South Korea.

President Museveni said Gen Aronda complained of stomach pain and dizziness before boarding the Emirates plane en route to Uganda.

Gen Aronda attending a meeting in Seoul shortly before his death

Gen Aronda attending a meeting in Seoul shortly before his death

He would later die in his sleep aboard the passenger plane.

Gen Aronda was visiting Korea for the first time upon invitation by Korea Foundation.

He met with his Korean counterpart, Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs Hon. Jeong Jong-Sup.

The South Korean Embassy said in Seoul, Aronda discussed with his counterpart, “Korea’s national ID system, police and public security system among others.”

Gen Aronda will be laid to rest in Rukungiri District on Sunday afternoon.


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