Fallen general’s remains arrive back in Uganda

Fallen General Aronda Nyakairima

Fallen General Aronda Nyakairima

The remains of General Aronda Nyakairima, arrived at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport Wednesday at 1:30pm aboard Emirates Airlines flight.

Nyakairima, Uganda’s minister of internal affairs suddenly died last Saturday on a Dubai-bound flight on his way back to Uganda from South Korea.

At Entebbe Airport, the general’s body was accorded a hero’s welcome with top government and military officials, and his grieving family led by his widow Linda Kahooza Nyakairima and children.

The former chief of the Ugandan military’s body was then taken to Mulago Hospital in the capital Kampala for treatment, it will lay in state at the National Assembly Thursday.

Nyakairima will finally be laid to rest in his country home in Rukungiri, Western Uganda.

On Tuesday the Ugandan parliament honoured the fallen general for his immense contribution to the country. Nyakairima, 56, was also a longtime representative of the army in Parliament.

President Museveni greets and comfort's Aronda's widow Linda

President Museveni greets and comfort’s Aronda’s widow Linda

Aronda Nyakairima has been eulogized by many Ugandans including President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leaders and fellow army officers and veterans.

“I received news of Gen. Aronda’s death the other day when I arrived in India; my immediate thinking was maybe it was an accident. I didn’t know he had any medical problem. Because when we came from the bush, many died of AIDS but Aronda was disciplined, he survived. He died on a plane coming from South Korea. We are busy finding cause of his death, but that will not bring him back, it is very sad.
Aronda together with few others helped us start afresh and rebuilt the country. It is a big loss. He has made his contribution. It was an untimely death at 56yrs. He helped with the ID Project, it was stuck but he moved it. From the people here, it shows who Aronda was,” President Museveni said this week at Aronda’s home in Kampala.

Following his untimely death, some politicians have called for a thorough investigation into his passing saying the first family might have a hand in “Aronda’s suspicious death”.

Uganda’s main opposition figure said on his twitter handle Aronda’s death was “very curious” given the fact that he was one of the high ranking military officials and politicians named in the so called “Muhoozi Project.”


“Muhoozi Project” is a controversial dossier authored by General David Sejusa, former head of intelligence services  in 2013 alleging President Museveni was grooming his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him as president and that there was a systematic plot to assassinate top army and government officials (including him, Amama Mbabazi, Aronda Nyakairima, and many others) against this scheme.

Before fleeing to the UK for asylum, Sejusa wrote in a lengthy letter that the authorities calling for an investigation into the claims.

Sejusa has since returned to Uganda, he has also called for a demonstration against, and an inquest into Aronda’s death.