South Korea says Museveni ‘lied’ about Aronda death


The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong-Dae

The South Korea government has disputed accusations that they denied former Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, medical attention.

President Yoweri Museveni speaking on Aronda’s Kololo airstrip memorial last week accused South Korea of denying him medical help on account that he had no medical insurance in their country.

Political analysts quickly dismissed the president’s claim as baseless saying Aronda who was travelling with a diplomatic passport and on state duties could not be denied medical attention.

In any case, they continued, the country has well-equipped private hospitals that could have treated the late when he complained of stomach pains.

But Museveni insisted: “South Koreans erred in demanding a health insurance instead of treating Aronda first” describing it as “nonsense”.

After allegedly being denied medical access in the capital Seoul, Aronda boarded a plane but died before reaching Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

However, the South Korea embassy tendered in diplomatic letter of protest to the Uganda Foreign Affairs ministry describing the report as inaccurate.

South Korea ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong Dae, said his country was awaiting the Ugandan foreign affairs ministry to clarify on the matter.

Meanwhile, Daily Monitor reports that Jong-Dae met with the Foreign Affairs ministry Permanent Secretary, James Mugume, over the same yesterday.

Mugume also admitted the South Korean embassy had written to them warning of diplomatic tensions.

Meanwhile, the Korea Foundation that hosted Aronda during the visit also dismissed Museveni’s claims as inaccurate.

The Foundation says after Aronda complained of stomach pains, it actually offered to take him to hospital but he refused.

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