I Never Saw My Husband’s Heart Problem – Aronda’s Wife

The widow Linda and her Children at Kololo Independence grounds

The Wife of deceased Former Army commander General Aronda Nyakairima sent a massive wave of silence over Kololo Hill on Friday, ailment where her husband’s body laid for national prayers; saying that she never knew about the sickness they said killed him.

In an incredibly moving speech, visit Mrs Linda Nyakairima said the news of General Aronda’s death caught the family unaware.

With no tear rolling down her face or breakage in her voice, order Mrs Aronda took the hundreds of mourners at the ceremonial grounds through the 20 years she spent in marriage with the now deceased general.

“He’s been full of life. This heart problem they are talking about, true it might have been there, but the 20 years I have lived with my husband, I have never seen him sick. My Children are witnesses. We have never seen him fail to get out of bed to go and work.”

She added, “He was full of strength, until Saturday when we were told… He, would never have wanted to see anybody suffer.”

Mrs Aronda’s statement slightly departs from government’s information yesterday that the bereaved family was entirely satisfied with the results of the postmortem report.

Doctors at Mulago hospital who examined the body concluded that Gen Aronda succumbed to acute heart failure.

According to senior police pathologist Dr Moses Byaruhanga, small scars were found in the swollen heart of Aronda, an indication that he could have suffered the problem for some time.

Speaking at the event, President Yoweri Museveni said he was disappointed that Aronda’s problem had never been detected before.

“The body is like a carbon paper. Everything that goes in there is recorded. The doctors found that he had suffered two other heart attacks, before the one that took him last Saturday,” said the President. “How could have this happened?”

The President directed army commanders to put emphasis on monitoring the health of the soldiers and enhancing their exercises.”

Mrs Aronda said she would be marking the 20th anniversary in marriage, in April next year.


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