Speaker Kadaga Extols Gen Aronda

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga speaking to family members of the deceased General Nyakairima

Former NRA combatant, advice doctor 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.

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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 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.
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has described the late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as a person of integrity and humility; one who listened to everyone and yet only spoke after ascertaining the facts.

Kadaga who was commiserating with the family and mourners at the Aronda family residence in Buziga, no rx said she was in disbelief when she got word of the incident.

“I heard the sad news on radio on Saturday morning and I totally denounced it until I got a call from Hon. James Baba; that is when I realized that it was true, sickness ” she said.

Kadaga praised the fallen Internal Affairs Minister for his work on the colossal National Identity Card project that had faced a lot of opposition in Parliament.

“One of my most abiding memories of him after he joined the front bench is that he would listen, take notes and when he came out to speak, he would have done the necessary research,” the Speaker underlined.

She further described Gen. Aronda as a distinguished officer who had served diligently in the previous Parliaments.

Kadaga inferred to the mourners that the greater family of Gen. Aronda was the people of Uganda, because he had treated all people equally, regardless of whether they were civilian or military.

Maj. Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, who presided over the night mass as Master of Ceremonies, expressed his gratitude to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, and the public at large for the support that had been extended to the family following the tragedy.

“The family of the late Gen. Aronda is really honored and we are truly grateful for the love and support that you have shown us,” he said.

“The mere fact that you, the Speaker of Parliament have come to condole with us is very touching and comforting,” Tumukunde added.

The Speaker informed the mourners that a special parliamentary sitting had been called for Thursday 17th September 2015 to honour the late Hon. Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Minister for Internal Affairs and UPDF Representative in Parliament, died quite suddenly in the early hours of Saturday 12th September, while returning from an official trip to South Korea.


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