Katumba talks as Museveni graces Aronda service


Security chiefs Johnson Byabashaija, Gen. Kale Kayihura and Gen. Wamala Katumba at Entebbe airport to receive Aronda’s body

Army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says President Yoweri Museveni will Friday grace prayers at Kololo for the late former army commander, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

According to Ankunda, great men can’t go without a shower citing Kampala rains yesterday as escorting Gen Aronda on his last journey.

“Too sad Gen Aronda is gone but at least we now know what killed him. No more speculation,” Ankunda said.

Security has already been beefed up at Kololo airstrip ahead fo the funeral service.

Aronda service

The program indicates that the casket would be taken to Kololo at 9.30am.

The service would then start at 10:00am.

Internal Affairs ministry says traffic to Kololo Airstrip for Aronda’s service is restricted.

“We are urged to access Kololo through Wampewo Avenue,” the ministry said in a tweet.

The ministry spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda says people have already started arriving for the service.

“The skies have opened-like they normally go-to signify greatness I guess. We are here at Kololo,” Pamela said.

Apart from gracing the prayers, Museveni will also be the chief mourner at the burial of late Gen. Aronda on Sunday September 20, 2015.

Katumba’s tribute

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, yesterday hailed Aronda as having been a great asset to the country.

“The fight and total defeat of the Lord’s Resistance Army was because of General Aronda’s efforts,” Katumba told parliament.

Katumba said Gen Aronda transformed the military because he cared so much about the welfare of his soldiers.

“When we had a problem with Kenya over Migingo Island, it was Gen Aronda who decided to talk peace with the Kenya.”

“I can only describe him as a workaholic, he was concerned about the security of this nation,” Katumba said in a moving tribute.

He added: “I can say that General Aronda was an asset not only to the army but to the Nation as well.”

Katumba replaced Aronda as Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda, the highest honour in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) in 2013.

The NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, hailed the late as a humble servant who succeeded in his assignments.

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