Uganda Internal Affairs Minister and former Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, is reported dead.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, confirms Gen Aronda died in Dubai this morning.
Aronda, 56, was aboard a plane on a transit from South Korea where had gone on state duties.
The Ugandan ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Rashid Semuddu, said Aronda collapsed and died on arrival in Dubai.
The cause of death, according to Opondo, is a heart attack.
His body is still in Dubai.
Opondo has already sent his condolences to the late’s family.
The ruling party on its official Twitter handle said: “May Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s soul Rest in Peace. A committed patriot and gallant soldier who had Uganda at heart. We mourn him.”
Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of Special Forces Command (SFC) extended his condolences in a Twitter message.
“I am extremely saddened at the untimely passing of our long time commander and leader, General Aronda Nyakairima. RIP,” Muhoozi said.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, describes Aronda’s death as “a dark cloud”.
Internal affairs State minister James Baba and Permanent Secretary Stephen Kagoda are due to hold a meeting this morning at Kololo over Aronda’s death.
General Aronda Nyakairima (born 7 July 1959) was a Ugandan army officer who served in the Cabinet of Uganda as Minister of Internal Affairs since 2013.
Previously he was Chief of Defense Forces, the highest military rank in the Uganda People’s Defense Force, from 2003 to 2013.
Nyakairima was born in Rukungiri District.
He has died of cardiac arrest on a plane from Korea to Dubai, today 12/09/2015.
He attended Kitgum High School in Kitgum District.
He joined Makerere University in 1978, graduating in 1981, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in political science.
He attended the Basic Officers Course in 1989, after the NRA had captured power in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
He later attended a course in Strategic Studies at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, USA.
He also has further military qualifications from the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo.
He joined the National Resistance Army in 1982, soon after leaving Makerere.
After the NRA captured power, he worked as an intelligence officer in the Ugandan military.
He later was appointed Assistant Director in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF).
He was then transferred to the Presidential Protection Unit as an Intelligence Officer.
From there, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Armored Brigade before his appointment as Commander of the UPDF in 2003.
He has represented the UPDF in the Ugandan Parliament since 1996.
In October 2010, General Nyakairima was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Centre at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America, for attaining the highest position in the military of his country.
Nyakairima, a 1993 graduate of Fort Leavenworth, was inducted together with General Eui Don Wang of South Korea, a 1986 graduate of the command college, and Major General Richard Rhys Jones of New Zealand, a 1992 graduate.
Nyakairmina was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs on 23 May 2013.
General Katumba Wamala was appointed to replace him as Chief of Defence Forces on the same day.
General Aronda Nyakairima was married. He did not drink or smoke.
He was fluent in multiple languages including Luganda, English, Luo, Runyakitara, and Swahili.
He suffered a cardiac arrest while in transit to Dubai from South Korea. He was later confirmed dead at the age of 56 years on 12 September 2015.
He died today the 12/09/2015 as he was still serving as the Internal Affairs in Museveni regime.