Kenyatta, Mbabazi, Barya pay tribute to Aronda


Mbabazi and Aronda

Kenya president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has paid a glowing tribute to fallen Ugandan soldier, Aronda Nyakairima.

Kenyatta said in a Twitter message that Kenya condoles the people of Uganda as they mourn the death of their Internal Affairs Minister.

“To my brother President @KagutaMuseveni may God comfort you as Uganda mourns the death of Waziri General Aronda Nyakairima,” Kenyatta’s message read.

Presidential hopefuls, Amama Mbabazi, and Prof Venansious Baryamureeba have also paid tribute to fallen army chief, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

“R.I.P the most loyal, dedicated and professional soldier!” Barya said in a tweet.

Mbabazi also said in a short statement that the news of Aronda’s death was terrible news.

“I am very saddened by it.”

Mbabazi said his thoughts and sympathy were with the family, relatives and all those grieving.

He described Aronda as a pillar of “our struggle for justice and development.”

“I will miss him immensely.”

In a statement, Prime Minister RT Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, described Aronda as a dedicated servant of the people of Uganda.

“His death is a tragic and huge loss to the country,” Rugunda said.

Rugunda said Government has set up a task force, led by Defence Minister, Hon Dr Crispus Kiyonga, to coordinate all matters relating to this tragedy.

A team of doctors–pathologists—is also being sent to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to assist with the post-mortem and the repatriation of the body.

The team is led by Brig Dr James Makumbi, Chief of Medical Services UPDF.

The body of Gen Aronda is expected in the country mid next week.

Gen Aronda’s body will lie in Parliament and thereafter be taken for a State Funeral at Independence Grounds Kololo.

His remains will be laid to rest in Rukungiri.

Aronda, who died this morning aboard an Emirates flight heading into Dubai from South Korea, has been the minister for internal affairs.

His body, according to the ministry of Internal affairs is currently at the Dubai hospital undergoing a post-mortem.

Meanwhile, army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, has asked the public to show some compassion to the deceased’s family.

He was referring to comments earlier made by lawyer Nicholas Opiyo and FDC politician, Kizza Besigye, who linked Aronda’s death to the alleged “Muhoozi project”.

“Let’s be fair to the family of Hon Gen Aronda,” Ankunda sain in a tweet.

“Kizza Besigye, Nicholas Opiyo, where is your compassionate side?” he asked.

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