General Aronda's Body to Be Returned on Wednesday


In short
Defense Ministry Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda says Arondas body will arrive in Uganda at 1pm on Wednesday aboard an Emirates flight.

The body of the late Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Nyakiju in Rukungiri on 19th September 2015.

 Defense Ministry Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda says Aronda's body will arrive in Uganda at 1pm on Wednesday aboard an Emirates flight.

According to a tentative program, parliament will pay tribute to the former Chief of Defense Forces in a special session on Thursday. General Aronda was one of the army representatives in parliament.

He was found dead in his plane seat aboard an Emirates flight from Seoul to Dubai on his way to Uganda. General Aronda was returning from official duty in Seoul to benchmark companies that deal with the National Identification Regulatory Authority.
On Saturday, government dispatched a team of UPDF pathologists led by Dr. James Makumbi, the head of the UPDF Medical department to conduct a postmortem to establish the cause of the death of the General.

This morning, military guards were blocking journalists from accessing the home of the General in Buziga where a vigil is on-going. A close family source told URN that they have requested to have private time to grieve about the loss of their relative. 

The source adds that the family has been ‘emotionally wounded' by many press comments and social media conspiracies that have been making rounds. Aronda will be offered a state burial at Kololo independence grounds and his body laid before parliament for public viewing in a special session. 

According to Ankunda, there will be a public condolences book at Kololo independence grounds where the state function will be held for people to pass their condolence messages. It had earlier been communicated by the Presidential Press Unit that President Yoweri Museveni was set to visit Aronda's home. 

However, the time of filing story, the President had not yet arrived at the home. There was no visible sign that he would visit the home anytime.


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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.