Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander of the Special Forces Group, has epressed sadness at the passing of former army commander, Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
SFC contains the unit known as Presidential Guard Brigade responsible for providing security to the President of Uganda and to Uganda’s constitutional monarchs and is also responsible for providing security at Uganda’s oil installations.
Muhoozi, son of President Yoweri Museveni, extended his condolences through his official Twitter handle @mkainerugaba.
“I am extremely saddened at the untimely passing of our long time commander and leader, General Aronda Nyakairima. RIP,” he said.
Gen Aronda died this morning in Dubai.
The Uganda Internal Affairs Minister and former Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda was 56 years old at the time of his passing.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said Gen Aronda was on a transit from South Korea where had gone on state duties.
The cause of death, according to Opondo, is a heart attack.
Internal affairs State minister James Baba and Permanent Secretary Stephen Kagoda are due to hold a meeting this morning at Kololo on how to transport Aronda’s body which is still in Dubai.
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.”
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, describes Aronda’s death as “a dark cloud”.
Ms Sarah Kagingo, Uganda’s Social Media Icon credited for digitizing President Museveni’s communications, says Gen Aronda has run his race; meticulously served his country, EAC and Africa.
“To God we will all return. RIP Aronda,” Kagingo said in her short obituary.
The East African Community Secretary General, Amb Richard Sezibera, says he is “so saddened to learn of the death of my Comrade Gen Aronda Nyakairima”.
“The soldiers in the trenches of African integration salute you. RIP!” Sezibera added in a tweet.