Minister Nyakairima Dies In Dubai

RIP: Gen Nyakairima in an Interview with Chimpreports in April

Uganda and Africa’s current best badminton ace, search Edwin Ekiring has snatched a bronze medal after defeating Niger’s C. Kropakpo in the third place playoffs of the men’s single category at the ongoing All Africa games in Congo Brazaville.

Ekiring had fallen 15/21,   20/22 to losing finalist and South Africa’s Prakash Vijayanat in the semis. The category was won by another South African Jacob Maliekal who took only 25 minutes to win the final with 21-10 and 21-9.

Maliekal now leads the race to Olympics with 7, 394 ahead of second placed Ekiring who has 6,090 points. The South African had earlier on defeated Ekiring 19-21, 22-24.

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This year’s medal is Ekiring and Uganda’s third in a row after finishing second and third in 2011 and 2007 respectively

World badminton federation considers this year’s All Africa Games as the Africa’s Continental Championships and will carry ranking points. The Individual Event that carries the ranking points of an International Challenge event compared to earlier editions when it was on par with International Series events.
Minister of Internal Affairs Gen Aronda Nyakairima has passed away after a short ailment government has confirmed.

Details of the shocking news were still scanty by publication time.

The Ministry however, link confirmed in a tweet that Gen Aronda passed on last night.

“We regret to announce the death of Gen Aronda Nyakairima who’s been Minister-Internal Affairs. Details to follow, ” tweeted the Ministry.

Unverified reports indicate that Gen. Aronda Nyakairima died on the plane last night while returning from Korea. He reportedly developed a yet to be determined ailment on the plane.

Who is Aronda?

The 56 year old UPDF has been serving 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.

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.

Military career

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.




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