The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has described the late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as a person of integrity and humility; one who listened to everyone and yet only spoke after ascertaining the facts.
Kadaga who was commiserating with the family and mourners at the Aronda family residence in Buziga, said she was in disbelief when she got word of the incident.
“I heard the sad news on radio on Saturday morning and I totally denounced it until I got a call from Hon. James Baba; that is when I realized that it was true,” she said.
Kadaga praised the fallen Internal Affairs Minister for his work on the colossal National Identity Card project that had faced a lot of opposition in Parliament.
“One of my most abiding memories of him after he joined the front bench is that he would listen, take notes and when he came out to speak, he would have done the necessary research,” the Speaker underlined.
She further described Gen. Aronda as a distinguished officer who had served diligently in the previous Parliaments.
Kadaga inferred to the mourners that the greater family of Gen. Aronda was the people of Uganda, because he had treated all people equally, regardless of whether they were civilian or military.
Maj. Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, who presided over the night mass as Master of Ceremonies, expressed his gratitude to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, and the public at large for the support that had been extended to the family following the tragedy.
“The family of the late Gen. Aronda is really honored and we are truly grateful for the love and support that you have shown us,” he said.
“The mere fact that you, the Speaker of Parliament have come to condole with us is very touching and comforting,” Tumukunde added.
The Speaker informed the mourners that a special parliamentary sitting had been called for Thursday 17th September 2015 to honour the late Hon. Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Minister for Internal Affairs and UPDF Representative in Parliament, died quite suddenly in the early hours of Saturday 12th September, while returning from an official trip to South Korea.