Security agencies on Monday asked the media to stay away from the late Chief of Defense Forces and Minister for internal affairs Gen Aronda Nyakairima’s home saying his family had asked for privacy from the media to mourn their loved one.
Journalists had converged at the late general’s home in Buziga after reports that President Yoweri Museveni was expected there to commiserate with the family.
Earlier, Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi also visited Gen. Nyakairima’s home and commiserated with family.
On Sunday afternoon, UPDF spokesperson, Mr Paddy Ankunda said the media was not expected at Gen Aronda’s residence, to “let the family have some privacy.”
Mr Ankunda further noted that four doctors, two police experts and two family members had travelled to Dubai to investigate Gen Aronda’s death.
Mr Ofwono Opondo, the executive director of Uganda Media Centre, said a flight attendant discovered Aronda had died when he could not wake him up for breakfast. The cause of the unexpected death is yet to be established.
Aronda was returning from the South Korean capital, Seoul, where he led a government team to explore acquisition of equipment for the national Identity card project. In his entourage were Ms Judith Obitre-Gama, the national Identification and Registration Authority executive director, the authority’s board chairman John Kasenene and the Information Technology director Clet Turiyo.
All were on the same flight, according to officials. The General’s body has reportedly been taken for embalming at a police hospital in Dubai.