Opposition Demands Independent Probe Into Aronda's Death

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Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Medard Ssegona says the circumstances under which Aronda died are still unknown and have caused speculation among the population.

Some legislators from the Opposition in Parliament have demanded that an independent inquiry into the death of Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, former Internal Affairs minister is conducted.

Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Medard Ssegona says the circumstances under which Aronda died are still unknown and have caused speculation among the population.

Ssegona says it would be unwise for government to ignore accusations by a section of the public, pointing fingers at it for having a hand in the Minister's death.

He proposes that through an independent inquiry, the actual cause of death should be established and put to rest any more speculation.

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Dr. Lulume Bayiga, Buikwe South MP concurs. Lulume says a thorough medical autopsy should be carried out to rule out any suspicion of foul play.

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However, while Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto welcomes an inquiry, he says it may be in vain since previous inquests into mysterious deaths of some government officials have not yielded results.

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In eulogizing Aronda, Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo says the army has lost an important leader.

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Aronda died on Saturday morning in Dubai as he returned from South Korea, where he had travelled on official duty. According to a tentative programme from Parliament, the body of Aronda is expected to lie in state on Thursday this week, after which a special session to eulogise the late will be held in the chambers.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.