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Museveni: Gen Aronda Complained of Dizziness, Stomach Pains in South Korea

2014/15 Azam Uganda premier league topscorer Robert Ssentongo has been drafted in the 25-man Uganda Cranes squad headed for Masindi for a build-up match against the Kitara region select team.

Ssentongo had earlier on requested to be sidelined from national duty to settle private matters. He replaces talented youngster Militon Kallisa who remained back to feauter for his club Bul Fc in a tight premier league fixture against Lweza on Friday.

SC Villa and former Sporting united goalie Stephen Odong has been called up together with Bright stars number one, illness Mathias Kigonya who will be replacing Vipers duo of Isma Watenga and James Alitho.

The match will be played on Saturday from 4pm at  the Boma stadium, web Masindi.

Full squad:

Goal Keepers: Mathias Kigonya and Stephen Odong

Defenders: Denis Okot, Julius Ntambi, Isaac Muleme, Joseph
Ochaya, Henry Katongole, Martin Mpuuga, Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Richard Kassaga Jjuuko, Shafiq Bakaki

Midfielders: Hakim Ssenkumba, Ivan Ntege, Muzamil Mutyaba, Feni Ali, Lwanga Taddeo, Farouk Miya, Martin Kiiza, Ambrose Kirya


Strikers: Robert Ssentongo, Ceaser Okhuti, John Semazi and Frank Kalanda

President Museveni has blown the lid off the circumstances under which Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima fell sick in South Korea, no rx saying had he received proper and timely medical attention, his precious life could have been saved.

“I am annoyed because Aronda died from the condition which either had not been detected or if it had been detected it was not addressed thoroughly,” said Museveni on Friday.

The head-of-state, who groomed Aronda right from the NRA bush war in 1982 through different military ranks to that of General, said from what he has been able to gather the former army chief’s demise was not a “surprise.”

Addressing thousands of mourners at the memorial service held in honour of Gen Aronda at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala, a visibly angry Museveni said, “Actually Aronda complained of dizziness. He said ‘I am feeling dizzy’. That was in South Korea before entering the plane.’”

He then called several government officials Aronda travelled with to South Korea’s capital Seoul before the latter’s death last Saturday.

“First he (Aronda) had stomach problems for two nights. They went on a tour and he was seated in the same car with Kasenene there,” said Museveni.

The President said he investigated Aronda’s death and interviewed the officials in the Minister’s entourage to South Korea because “I never leave anything to chance” and that he pays special attention to detail.

He then narrated: “Aronda said ‘I am feeling dizzy’. They tried to go to the hospital but South Koreans said that they cannot allow someone to go to the hospital without insurance.”

Linda Aronda laying a wreath of her fallen husband's coffin
Linda Aronda laying a wreath of her fallen husband’s coffin


Museveni said, “That’s nonsense. Surely, they must have emergencies. You treat him and see whether he will not pay.”

According to pathologists, Aronda died of heart failure.

Museveni said Aronda “should not have entered that plane, if he was to die, he would have died in hospital.”

He said there was a “gap of medical check up. Even when we did the post-mortem he had had previous heart attacks – small ones.”

Museveni emphasised that “The body is carbon paper. Whatever happens will be recorded. He had two heart attacks before. This one was very big he couldn’t survive.”

The new revelations come at a time of widespread speculation of foul play in Aronda’s death.

Government has since warned that action will be taken against media houses that fuel speculation regarding the death of the former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).

Museveni said, “In South Korea, if they had checked him– he would have survived or died in hospital but not on the plane.”

Aronda's children say ''farewell' to their father
Aronda’s children say ”farewell’ to their father

Healthy living

The President revealed that when the NRA guerrillas came from the bush in 1986, “we were over appreciated by these Ugandans and in over appreciation, many of the commanders got AIDS.”

“And before we had these drugs (ARVs), many of our commanders died. Aronda and a few others who had discipline are some of the survivors. We had to recruit a new leadership plus taking in other officers from the old armies – otherwise AIDS had decimated the leadership of bush NRA.”

Museveni said UPDF’s medical services unit must routinely check the health of commanders to avoid such deaths as in the case of Aronda.

“I am not happy that Aronda died from a heart attack,” he emphasised.

“It is our duty as fighters to care for our lives so that we give much contribution to much work we have. When time for heaven comes we will also go there.”

“I want the commanders to pay more attention to attention to exercising and regular medical checkups,” he ordered.

The President said that during his research, he landed on records from different medical centres which showed that Aronda had previously suffered heart attacks.

“Apparently, they had no told me and him he had not told me that he had some sort of mild hypertension for many years,” said Museveni.

“Let’s do much work because God put us here for a purpose. Why must we leave badly here when we are qualified to go to heaven prematurely,” he wondered.


Several speakers praised Aronda’s selflessness and sacrifice for his nation.

Aronda’s widow, Linda, described her husband as loving, caring and dedicated to serving the nation.

She said Aronda had never felt sick for the last 20 years, insisting he was “always full of energy.”

Army commander, Gen Katumba Wamala eulogised Aronda as an epitome of humility and an extraordinary man who cared for all irrespective of tribe, colour and sex.

Gen Aronda will be laid to rest in Rukungiri on Sunday this week.

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