Uganda Prays for Gen. Aronda At Kololo

President Yoweri Museveni lays a wreath on the casket of Gen Aronda at Kololo

Kampala businessman Salim Uhuru has emerged with landslide victory as the new Chairman NRM for Kampala Central in elections held Thursday evening.

Uhuru defeated the incumbent seat occupant Godffrey Nyakana. The other contender, tadalafil information pills Mohammed Nsegumire withdrew his candidature at last minute.

Salim Uhuru is politically tested, having served for about 10 years as the NRM division chairperson and councilor representing Kisenyi II parish.

After a day’s dragging process of electing other colleges including the special interest groups, the slot for Chairman was last.

The cheering crowds and the electorate endured from morning the long process and rain disruption until almost midnight.

Finally voting ended at 10pm and Uhuru defeated his contender Godffrey Nyakana with a difference of 77 votes. The vote count announced 99 votes for Uhuru while Nyakana got 22.

The voting exercise was supervised by Jane Alisemera, NRM EC member who’s charged with Kampala. Uhuru was announced as the newly elected Chairman NRM for Kampala Central at around 11pm amidst loud cheering.

In his acceptance speech, Uhuru vowed to ensure unity within the party. “I thank all the voters for the support you have showed me. And I promise to work with Nyakana and everybody else to move the party ahead. There will be no more camps in Kampala Central” he said.

Among issues Uhuru intends to tackle in his term of office is designating an office foe special interest groups. He also pledged to empower structures right from LC1. On his part, Nyakana conceded and congratulated his counterpart in what he reffered to as a ‘historical moment’ for the party.

“Other parties should learn and emulate our internal party democracy. Now that the elections are completed, we should work together. There’s a lot we can do together as a party.”

John Mutenda was elected the Vice Chairman while Kabagehyi Beatrice became Secretary for Finance. Others elected on NRM Kampala Central committee included Kavuma Kasirye for Publicity Secretary, Katawera Eleazer as Secretary General.

In the special interests category, Eva Birungi won Women’s League chair, Zimbe Salim as Secretary for persons with disabiltiy while Mukoza Jimmy became Chairman Elders’ League.

The exercise was conducted in fairness much as the situation pointed to much possibility of voter bribbery in days that preceded the exercise.
The body of fallen Internal Affairs Minister Gen Aronda Nyakairim today laid for the final national prayers at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala.

The event, more about attended by hundreds of mourners from around the country, approved was presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Eminence Stanley Ntagali.

President Yoweri Museveni attended in person, as well as heads of the various heads of government agencies. Also in attendance were commanders of regional armies and their representatives.

The former UPDF Commander, who passed on Saturday while he returned from South Korea was praised by the various speakers, as a true nationalist, hard worker and peace maker.

In his condolence message, The Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala hailed his predecessor for being a powerful combatant, yet so humble.

“You would not hear words like “do you know who I am?” coming out of him; he was that humble.” Gen Katumba called upon all men in uniform to emulate the fallen general.

“To the bereaved family, Gen Aronda might not have left you with a lot of wealth, but a clean name is what he has left you; that will open doors for you.”

The late General’s Aronda’s temporary replacement Hon James Baba said the ministry of internal affairs which he headed for the last two years was still in shock.

“I have personally never seen a man so hard working and selfless. He would go without lunch and work on weekends and holidays. He knew almost all staff that worked under him, including those in very small departments. He knew who excelled and who needed support. He took interest in almost everyone under him.”

A vigil will be held at General Aronda’s home in Buziga tonight and later on the body will be taken to his ancestral home in Rukungiri where it will be laid to rest on Sunday.




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