Gen Tumwine sings Aronda soul to rest


Gen Elly Tumwine, the former Chief of Defence Forces.

General Elly Tumwine Thursday paid a moving tribute to his fallen comrade, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

While eulogising the late on the floor of parliament, Gen Tumwine broke into a song accompanying the Internal Affairs minister’s soul to the other world.

Gen Tumwine is a military officer, professional artist, and educator who served as Commander of the National Resistance Army from 1984 to 1987.

He is one of the highest-ranking members of the Ugandan military and is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing the Uganda People’s Defense Force.

His fallen comrade also served as army commander and Chief of Defence Forces.

Tribute on Pan-African Live debate

Gen Tumwine is also expected to take part in a live Pan-African Pyramid scheduled for tomorrow, Friday at Fairway hotel in Kampala.

Other expected guests include; UPDF political commissar, Col Felix Kulaigye, Col. Jacob Asiimwe, army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, government deputy spokesman, Col Shaban Bantariza and presidential aspirant, Prof. Venansious Baryamureeba.

The live session held every Friday at 5pm is powered by Fairway Hotel, Splash, HTV, President’s Dairy, Media Plus and news websites; Chimpreports and The Insider Uganda.

Pan-Africanists say farewell

Andrew Irumba, the founder and host of the local parliament “Pan-African Pyramid” tells Insider hat tomorrow’s session will give a chance to all Pan-Africanists in Uganda to pay a special tribute to their fallen comrade.

Geoffrey Mugisha Owembabazi, the Secretary General of the local parliament, says Gen Aronda has been a source of inspiration and guidance for many.

He confirmed Col Kulaigye, Col Asiimwe, Col Bantariza and Prof Barya are among the distinguished guests that will grace the session to give their moving experiences they had with one of “Africa’s unmatched Pan-Africanist”.

He said General Aronda was one of the members of the Pan-African community in Uganda and Africa who not lived it, but also preached the same.

According to the organizers, every person will be allowed on the podium to give their testimonial accounts about the contributions of the late in the fight to promote pan-Africanism and peace in the region at the world at large.

“All members have been advised to put on white attire as opposed to Black when going for funerals and white attire when going for parties/weddings,” Irumba told us.

According to him, this was done so by colonial masters to brand every bad to be black, including Africa race.

“The general public is invited to attend, it’s free,” he said.

Why pay tribute to Aronda

Aronda died on Saturday morning the 12th September 2015, aboard an Emirates flight from Seoul, South Korea to Dubai.

While justifying the motion to pay tribute to Aronda today, Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, said there was need to reflect and acknowledge the outstanding, exceptional contributions made by “this son of our nation in the short span of his life”.

“It also enables us to take cognizance of his example for the present and future generations. The Service and achievements of General Aronda should not only be publicly known but also collectively celebrated and emulated in our nation Uganda.”

According to a report by government pathologists including; Dr Moses Byaruhanga, a Pathologist and Head of Police Health Services, Dr Robert Lukande, Pathologist and Senior Lecturer, Makerere University College, Health Sciences, Aronda died of acute heart failure.

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