President Yoweri Museveni Monday visited the family of the late Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, at his home in Buziga along Ggaba road.
The presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, says Museveni was accompanied First Lady, Janet Museveni, First daughter and Natasha Karugire.
The first family commiserated with the family.
Museveni said at first he thought Aronda was alone at the time of his death.
“I was relieved to learn he was with four or five people. That makes it easier ask what went on,” Museveni remarked.
In Aronda’s entourage were; Ms Judith Obitre-Gama, the national Identification and Registration Authority executive director, the authority’s board chairman John Kasenene and the Information Technology director Clet Turiyo.
All were on the same flight but Gen Aronda, being a minister, was sitting in the business class section while the others took their seats in the economy class.
Daily Monitor quotes family sources saying that an air hostess who tried to serve the minister with snacks aboard the flight found him unresponsive and called on a doctor who pronounced him dead.
Aronda had complained of stomach ache to the people he was travelling with but he took painkillers hoping he would improve.
His colleagues would later only be informed of his death.
Museveni hailed Aronda for helping with the Identity card Project saying it was stuck but he moved it.
“From the people who came here [Busiga home], it shows who Aronda was,” Museveni pointed out, adding, “It [Aronda’s death] is a big loss.”
“He has made his contribution. It was an untimely death at 56 years.”
Museveni said he was shocked that Aronda who survived AIDS could die so mysteriously.
“He with few others helped us start afresh and rebuilt the UPDF. He died on plane coming from South Korea.”
Museveni said they were busy finding the cause of the problem, although that “will not bring him back”.
“When we came from the bush, many died of AIDS, Aronda was disciplined and he survived.”
“My immediate thinking was,” Museveni continued, “maybe it was an accident. I didn’t know he had any medical problem.”
Museveni said he received the news of Aronda’s death “the other day” when he arrived in India.
Museveni promised to speak more during the funeral.