Opposition says Aronda autopsy report fake


Aronda / New Vision photo

Tempers flared in Parliament this afternoon as government and the Opposition clashed over the post-mortem results of the death of former Internal Affairs Minister, General Aronda Nyakairima.

The matter came to the fore of the special sitting of parliament after Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu questioned the findings of the autopsy on grounds that it was rushed and information from government was suspicious.

Oguttu questioned government’s rushed conclusion that the late Aronda had died of heart attack before a post-mortem was carried out.

He was referring to a statement by Uganda Media Center boss, Ofwono Opondo, on Saturday last week that the late Minister had died of a heart attack.

Oguttu further wondered why a team of medical experts had been rushed to Dubai to carry out post-mortem yet they returned without the results and opted to do it at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Team of pathologists

The report read out to media by deputy Media Centre boss, Col Shaban Bantariza, was compiled by:  Dr Moses Byaruhanga, forensic pathologist, Head Police Health Service, Dr Sam Kalungi, Consultant Pathologist Ministry of Health, Dr Robert Lukande, Pathologist Makerere College of Health Sciences, Lt Col Dr Victorua Nekesa, Pathologist State House and Andrew Mubiru, Senior government Toxicologist S.

In attendance were: Brig Dr Ambrose Musinguzi, deputy chief Medical Services UPDF, Col Dr Steven Kusasira, Director Medical Services, Henry Ngabirano, family member and Mark Paul Odong Senior police detective.

Report findings

The summary of post-mortem findings for the late Gen Aronda Nyakairima carried out at the city mortuary-Mulago on September 16, 2015 indicate that externally, he had red eyes due to reduced blood back into the heart.

Internally, the heart was enlarged with presence of bleeding within the muscle of the left ventricle (one of the heart chambers) involving the whole thickness of the muscle.

There were many old small areas damaged heart muscle (scars) due to interruption of blood supply to the heart.

The heart also had an abnormal fat layer surrounding the heart blood vessels while some blood vessels had also been affected by the excessive fat.

The lungs were markedly enlarged with small minute of areas bleeding on the outer surfaces.

They showed excessive accumulation of fluid and blood on cut surfaces.

The two finding were due to failure of blood flow from the lungs into the heart.


While paying tribute to the late yesterday in parliament, the Obongi County MP Kaps Hassan Fungaroo, observed that the autopsy report could have been cooked up by government and is not the real thing.

“I don’t believe in the autopsy results provided by Government,” Fungaroo told the house.


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