Opposition, Government Clash Over Aronda Autopsy Results Top story

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Oguttu questioned governments rushed conclusion that the late Aronda had died of heart attack before a postmortem was carried out.

Tempers flared in Parliament this afternoon as government and the Opposition clashed over the postmortem results of former Internal Affairs Minister, General Aronda Nyakairima.

The matter came to the fore of the special sitting of parliament after Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu questioned the findings of the autopsy on grounds that it was rushed and information from government was suspicious.

Oguttu questioned government's rushed conclusion that the late Aronda had died of heart attack before a postmortem was carried out.

He was referring to a statement by Uganda Media Center boss, Ofwono Opondo, on Saturday last week that the late Minister had died of a heart attack.

Oguttu further wondered why a team of medical experts had been rushed to Dubai to carry out postmortem yet they returned without the results and opted to do it at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

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However, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, the Minister of Defense cut Oguttu short, accusing the Opposition of being selfish in dismissing the report.

Explaining why the postmortem was done in Uganda, Kiyonga stated that the UAE government was reluctant to do it, which enraged government and attempts to involve President Yoweri Museveni did not bear fruit.

Kiyonga says government is planning to carry out more tests both locally and abroad to have a conclusive report to dispel speculation surrounding his death.

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The Minister was bitter over what he termed as callous people who took advantage of the tragedy to incite the public especially on social media.

His sentiments were shared by other legislators, including Medard Ssegona (Busiro East) Elijah Okupa (Kasilo County) who demanded that media houses which incite the public be dealt with.

Cecilia Ogwal, Opposition Chief Whip, recalled Aronda's humble character and requested that his family is taken care of by government.

However, Odo Tayebwa, Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality MP, demanded that to calm the public, an independent inquiry should be done. But Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga rejected this saying it would take more time.

Earlier, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda moved a motion to pay tribute to the late Aronda, whom he lauded for his role in professionalizing the army and police force, as well as the success of the National ID project. 

The late General Aronda Nyakairima will be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Rukungiri on Sunday this week. 


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.