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I can confirm that General Aronda died aboard a flight from South Korea, Ankunda told URN on phone this morning.

General Aronda Nyakairima, the Internal Affairs Minister is dead. According to Pamela Ankunda, the Internal Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Aronda died last night aboard a flight from South Korea to Uganda.


"I can confirm that General Aronda died aboard a flight from South Korea", Ankunda told URN on phone this morning. According to a tweet from Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director of the Government owned Uganda Media Center, the minister died of heart attack in Dubai while on transit from South Korea. 

The Commander of the Special Forces Command (CSFC) of the UPDF, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba in a tweet early this morning said "I am extremely saddened at the untimely passing of our long time commander and leader, General Aronda Nyakairima." 

Prior to his appointment to the Internal Affairs Ministry, Aronda served as the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF from 2003-2013. General Aronda was replaced by current CDF General Katumba Wamala. General Aronda's ministerial appointment was bitterly contested because he was a serving officer in the army.

Aronda was born in Rukungiri District on July 7th 1959.  He attended Kitgum High school in Kitgum district before he joined Makerere University in 1978, where he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

He graduated in 1981 and joined the National Resistance Army guerrilla force in 1982 shortly after leaving Makerere University. In 1989 General Aronda attended a basic military officer's course three years after NRA captured power. 

He worked as a military intelligence officer before he was appointed assistant director in the Directorate of Military Intelligence under Uganda People's Defense Force-UPDF.  Aronda also worked under the Presidential Protection Unit, Commanding Officer of the Armored Brigade and represented the army in parliament from 1996 until his death.