The wife of Aronda Nyakairima, Linda Aronda, has revealed that her husband had no heart disease which the government says killed him.
“This heart diseases they are talking about might have been there but for the last 19 years I have been with my husband I have never heard of that disease or see him not going to work because his ill,” Linda revealed while saying farewell to her beloved at Kololo airstrip on Friday.
Gen Aronda’s wife emphasised that for the 19 years she has been married, she has never seen him fail to get out of bed or fall sick.
“This heart problem you are talking about we have never seen it. My children are witnesses,” Linda reiterated.
According to an autopsy report released by government pathologists, Aronda died of acute heart failure.
The report was dismissed as “cooked up” by opposition Members of parliament but government insisted it was “authentic”.
Linda said her late husband loved his country and gave it more time than to himself.
“He loved to serve humanity. He was knowledgeable.”
She added: “I know Aronda is in heaven, there is no doubt about it. What a wonderful commander God has got himself.”
Linda promised to look after their children, ensure they study so their father can proud of them wherever he will be.
“My husband was peace-loving. We got married on 13 April 1996. He has never spoke to me harshly or shouted at me.”
She expressed her gratitude to God for the gift of Aronda, her children and the people who touched the late.
“Farewell my friend, the love of my life, till we meet again,” she concluded.
Aronda Nyakairima’s father-in-law, James Kahooza, thanked government for handling Gen Aronda’s funeral.
He said Linda wife lives simple and humble like him.
“No limousines, no guards, always in the company of simple women.”
Kahooza said the success of the National ID project was because Aronda provided what most leaders don’t provide – an example.
“Aronda may have wanted a political system that eliminates individuals but instead promotes parties in elections,” his father in-law pointed out.
He implored President Museveni to eliminate the corrupt influence of money in Uganda’s politics as Aronda would have wished.
Aronda’s elder brother, Henry Kamurasi, described the late as principled saying he never used his office or influence to help his family unfairly.
Meanwhile, Shs 12m, Kshs 1200, $15 has been collected from mourners at Kololo Independence grounds and has been handed over to the family.
There will be a vigil at the late Gen. Aronda’s home this evening at his residence in Buziga.