July 25, 2013

Humour as Aronda Assumes Office

It may not have been a platform for comedy, but three Ministers showed they still had ability to humour and cause laughter.

Amidst tough warnings and cautions to the media, opposition leaders, internal affairs staff on service delivery and NGOs, the handover ceremony at Internal Affairs was not short of comedy.

Hillary Onek (C) welcoming new Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima
Hillary Onek (C) welcoming new Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima

State Minister for Internal Affairs James Baba started it off by thanking the now Minster for Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Hilary Onek for his role with all the challenges the ministry has been facing.

According to Baba, they worked together like a radio and a battery though he doesn’t know who was playing which part.

He then turned to Gen Aronda Nyakarima, the new Internal Affairs Minister, welcoming him to his new ministry noting that he was army commander for the last 10 years.

General Aronda Nyakairima
General Aronda Nyakairima warned opposition Members against holding rallies in markets and highways

He excitedly said he survived the reshuffle and with the coming of a General as his boss, he does not mind a rank at either Brigadier or Major in the army.

Never mind he has more experience being a diplomat than a military person adding that Gen Aronda must have a lot of beef to lead the army.

Minister Onek was happy that he is leaving the ministry with the country very peaceful and in harmony. He gave comfort to Aronda that he may get small headache from the walk to work protests but that can be resolved with panadol. He equated the activists under for God and My Country (4GC) pressure group to a stubborn child in a family.

Onek while still at the Ministry of Energy was quoted to have said he is not sure of his security. It seems the fear continued when he was internal affairs minister when he did not even have escorts to ensure his security. This is because the Permanent Secretary Kagoda Stephen kept telling him that there is no money for escorts and fuel.

Aronda recieving instruments of power from Oneck. photo by Isaiah Rwanyekiro
Aronda recieving instruments of power from Oneck. photo by Isaiah Rwanyekiro

Talking about his new ministry of Relief, Disaster preparedness and refugees, Onek found himself stammering, fidgeted to get his business card and finally read the full name of the ministry.

The occasion was graced by several Internal Affairs commissioners ranging from departments of Amnesty Commission, small weapons, Government analytical laboratory and Immigrations. Others included Prisons commissioner Johnson Byabashaija, Police Assistant IGP Okoth Ochola and Board members among others.

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