Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has dismissed as absurd conspiracies cropping up following the death of Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Aronda who died in Dubai this morning has become today’s hottest subject of debate on social media.
Some sections of Ugandans have already come up with a number of conspiracy theories to explain the death of the former army commander.
One of the theories alleges that the 56-year-old general complained of stomach pains before he collapsed at night.
It says Nyakairima died on his way back to Uganda from South Korea.
Opondo said preliminary reports show that he died of a cardiac arrest.
“He collapsed in a transit lounge at Dubai airport this morning and died,” Opondo told NTV.
“He did not received immediate medical attention,” Opondo added saying they had no record of his ailment.
The second theory claims that he died with other two soldiers and aides who were escorting him.
It claims that the soldiers had also complained of similar stomach pains before “collapsing dead”.
However, Opondo confirms Aronda died alone.
“No soldier accompanying him or any other Uganda died with him,” Opondo further told NTV.
The third theory alleges that Aronda wasn’t feeling alright and asked to be flown back to Khartoum in Sudan.
He would then connect from Khartoum to Kampala.
“He offered to pay for his return home out of his pocket but his request was declined,” alleges the theorist.
Opondo crossed this allegation too saying Aronda left Uganda on Tuesday this week to South Korea.
He was streamlining details related to the national identity card project.
He had concluded his dealings and was returning to Uganda when he collapsed at Dubai airport.
The most wild of all theories linked Aronda’s death to the “Muhoozi project” and a document authored by Gen David Sejusa alleging the assassination of army officials.
FDC politician, Kizza Besigye, was quick to connect the two saying Aronda, Sejusa and Amama Mbabazi had been mentioned in the alleged project.
However, Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, says they haven’t established the cause of the minister’s death and are soon finding out.
Government dispatched a team of pathologists to go to Dubai and do a postmortem to clear the air once and for all.
Meanwhile, Opondo said government and UPDF will take charge of the ceremonies.
He described Aronda as one of the most loyal and effective soldiers.
Opondo further hailed the late for ending Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] insurgency, nipping Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] rebels in the bud and disarming the Karimajong to make the region peaceful.