UAE officials rejected Museveni orders on Aronda


Museveni and Aronda [the late]

Officials in the United Arab Emirates turned down a plea by President Yoweri Museveni to carry out a postmortem on Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

Aronda, the former army commander and Internal Affairs minister was found dead on a plane coming from South Korea to Dubai.

According to Defence Minister, Crispus Kiyonga, Gen Aronda was discovered by the flight attendants as they woke up people for breakfast.

While paying tribute to the late in Parliament today, Kiyonga revealed that UAE officials refused to carry out a postmortem.

“Despite the President’s intervention, the authorities in Dubia refused to carry out a postmortem,” Kiyonga told the house without explaining exactly why the officials turned down Museveni’s request.

Minister Kiyonga said government has now taken body fluids for a further check in our Government labs, just to be clear on the exact cause of death.

In an autopsy report read out by deputy executive director of Uganda Media Centre, Col Shaban Bantariza, it was revealed that Aronda died of heart failure.

Callous social media rumours 

Kiyonga used the opportunity to lash “callous people” who wanted to take advantage of the situation using social media.

Speaking earlier at Parliament, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, also lashed at those who were making unresearched reports and allegations about the cause of the late’s death.

Katumba hailed Aronda for solving the impasse with Kenya over Migingo Island.

“I can only describe him as a workaholic, he was concerned about the security of this nation,” Katumba said, adding, “I can say that General Aronda was an asset not only to the army but to the Nation as well.”

He said Aronda will be given four military honours and a 17-gun salute.

Speaking at the same event, James Baba the minister of State for Internal Affairs, also said the social media rumours have been bothering them in the ministry of Internal Affairs.

“The Ministry of Internal Affairs together with police and Ministry of ICT will have to come up a policy on social media,” he appealed.

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