Gen Aronda’s widow disputes post mortem report

Widow of Gen Nyakairima lays a wreath on the coffin of her husband while their children (tope left) look on.
Linda Nyakairima, widow of the late Gen Nyakairima lays a wreath on the coffin of her husband while their children (top left) look on.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala

The widow of Gen Joseph Aronda Nyakairima who died suddenly while returning from an official visit to South Korea has disputed a government post mortem report that suggested her husband had died as a result of suffering a heart attack because of his obesity.

Addressing the nation in Kampala during a public function to honour her husband, Linda Nyakairima told hundreds of thousands of mourners that her children can bear witness that their father had never suffered any illness during the whole time they knew him. Married to Gen Aronda for 20 years, Mrs Nyakairima said: “This heart problem they [the government] are talking about, true it might have been there, but for the 20 years I have lived with my husband, I have never seen him sick.”

She went on to say for her it was the first time to hear that her husband had any problem with his heart. “My Children are witnesses,” she lamented. “We have never seen him fail to get out of bed to go and work.” The general’s widow made her comments in front of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and senior government officials many of whom played a role in hastily carrying out a post mortem examination that Mrs Nyakairima is not alone in disputing.

Her assertions were quite contrary to what President Museveni told mourners that the life of the late general, who was also the country’s Minister of Internal Affairs, could have been saved had he received regular health checks. “I’m annoyed. Aronda died from a condition which was either detected or not but was not addressed thoroughly,” Museveni told mourners. “If there had been proper check-ups, and had the South Koreans health experts helped him, he probably wouldn’t have died,” he asserted.

2 thoughts on “Gen Aronda’s widow disputes post mortem report

  • September 20, 2015 at 6:41 am
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    Of course there is more to this death than meets the eye. However real clues can be obtained from an analysis of the political climate. The death is more or most likely related to the current politics than anything else.
    First and foremost is the sustained attempt at arriving at a status of life president which is expected if the 2016 elections are rigged in order to install Museveni again as president in Uganda. Many steps including constitutional measures and bloating of parliament which in turn is bribed or coerced have already been crossed. What remains is a new parliament which will lift presidential age limit to accommodate president for life. Of course that also requires that Museveni is returned for another term as president, never mind the circumstances.
    It is one reason why the ministry of internal affairs had to be put under military supervision, under two military generals, who however are, or were most probably not aware of their indispensability in case of any descent. In the internal affairs ministry is the registration of citizens department charged with the responsibility of issuing national IDs. The exercise has been bonded with NRM membership register and at this crucial time must adopt a time tested practice. Register foreigners mostly from Rwanda, Congo, Sudan and Somalia so they can vote for Museveni’s presidential bid. Most probably Aronda did not agree with this and therefore had to go.
    A careful analysis of this exercise considering why nationwide IDs were not given out when due, the timing of NRM register compilation, the linkage of national ID to EC voters’ register and the ongoing use of NRM functionaries to distribute IDs only to those who appear on NRM register, will reveal much more and perhaps get closer to the real cause of Aronda’s death. But it should also be noted that pretty much of what is happening is new, only some characters are new but the events point to a consistent pattern since 1986.

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  • September 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm
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    “The life of General Aronda could have been saved had he received regular health checks. I’m annoyed. Aronda died from a condition which was either detected or not but was not addressed thoroughly,” Museveni told mourners. If there had been proper check-ups, and had the South Koreans health experts helped him, he probably wouldn’t have died.” These are utterances made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on getting the news concerning the death of his Internal Affairs Minister and one time bush colleague during the war that brought them into power.

    When Cain killed Abel, God told Cain that the blood of the his slain innocent brother was crying before Him. Why didn’t Kaguta get annoyed when it first came to his attention that the late General was developing a threatening ailment which required immediate attention and yet he was not getting it? What was his intervention as he had the clue about the ailment? What proper checks is he talking of? Again what was the mission of the trip to South Korea? The only school of thought to me is that there is a State house Medical expert who is employed for dispensing the deadly poison on the unsuspecting innocent but badly wanted and targeted citizens for slaughter. This Mafia group is spread all over the world where Museveni enjoys diplomacy. So take care. Finally, Museveni should avoid continuing to stress more the family of the late. May the General’s soul not rest in peace until the culprits are exposed.

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