Former Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) chairman, Fagil Mandy, has paid a glowing tribute to the late Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Mandy was on Friday evening appearing on the Pan-African Pyramid at Fairway hotel in Kampala alongside UPDF political commissar, Col Felix Kulaigye, and presidential aspirant, Prof Venansious Baryamureeba.
“Aronda has worked for his heaven. He deserves it and we are his witnesses,” Mandy said.
Mandy said replacing Aronda at the immigration department will be difficult because although there are many Ugandans, their working methods differ.
“Aronda was a simple man. You didn’t have to chase him around, his simplicity made people into sharp machines.”
Mandy called upon Ugandans to emulate Aronda’s work methods saying as the world is now a global village, everyone must somersault into action.
“Pan-Africanists, we have already wasted enough time. When Allen Kagina was transferred to Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA], she did not wait for 6 years. She started straight away. Likewise, when Aronda was taken to immigration, he did not wait for 6 months but started working. We can’t waste more time.”
Mandy said Ugandans now miss Aronda because he did a great job in his life.”
Speaking on the same political show, Uganda Technology and Management University [UTAMU] founder and presidential aspirant, Prof Baryamureeba, described the late as a very hardworking man.
Barya first met Aronda while working as the dean of ICT faculty at Makerere University and helped him train soldiers in computer skills.
The two further interfaced while Barya was serving as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University and shared ideas on how to arm youth with leadership skills.
Barya described Aronda’s death as a great loss to the country.
“I call him my elder brother and he did so much. This country is full of lazy people but Aronda is one of those hard working ones we all need to emulate.”
Barya further hailed Aronda for making the National Identity Card project a success.
“Those who will write history in the future, will remember him as a great man.