US grieves Aronda as pathologists rush to Dubai


Scott De Lisi

The Government of Uganda will send a team of pathologists to Dubai to do a thorough postmortem so as to establish the real cause of Gen Aronda Nyakairima.

The former army commander and minister of Internal Affairs died this morning on a flight to Dubai from South Korea.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said Aronda died of heart attack and his body is still in Dubai.

Army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says a meeting is currently in progress at Kololo to determine the way forward on the passing of Gen Aronda.

The meeting is also attended by Internal affairs State minister, James Baba, and Permanent Secretary, Stephen Kagoda.

“Gone too soon! Sep 11th!” Ankunda said of the late.

Ankunda who said Aronda’s passing was a “dark cloud” now relates to the fatal day September 11 [in reference to when Al Qaeda terrorists bombed the pentagon].

Yesterday, America was commemorating the bombing of Pentagon [world trade centre] by Osama Bin Laden, an Al Qaeda terrorist, who later killed by US commandos.

US mourns

Scott H. DeLisi, who has been serving as a US ambassador to Uganda, says he was “deeply saddened to learn this morning of the sudden passing of Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Aronda Nyakairima”.

“My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”

DeLisi says Gen. Aronda was one of the first senior leaders he met in Uganda over three years ago.

“He cared deeply for his nation and its future. We shared many cups of tea and meals together as we discussed ideas and issues in a spirit of true partnership and cooperation.”

DeLisi says although him and Aronda had different perspectives, the friendship and values they shared allowed “us to move forward constructively”.

“He will be missed as a leader, and as a friend,” DeLisi said.

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