Religious leaders have hailed the late General Aronda Nyakairima as hard worker, ethical, full of humility and one who loved serving selflessly.
Speaking at the state funeral service for the former Chief of Defence Forces and Internal affairs minister at Kololo independence grounds, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali thanked God for the life of General Aronda, also calling upon the Lord to comfort his wife and children.
“He was a champion of peace and security for the people of Uganda. Such a great man, friend to many. We have lost a great man, and we will miss him. He won many wars, and was dedicated to the peace of this country.” Archbishop Ntagali said.
“Let us not misuse our short time in the world, your money is important but won’t save you, your status won’t save you. Have hope for eternal life, a life of no pain, loss but joy and happiness forever and ever,” he added.
Earlier, Rev Michael Mukhwana from All Saints cathedral, Kampala, praised the late General for being a very active member of the church despite the very busy schedule he had.
On his part, Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala eulogized General Aronda as an example to fellow army officers, for he served above self with humility and ethic.
“What lessons do we learn from Gen. Aronda? All of you officers look around and find answers to why many people have showed up today. Gen Aronda never boasted about his army ranks, never asked questions like “do you know who I am?” Cardinal Wamala posed.
“Gen Aronda was an accomplished soldier, nationalist. He was calm – a good listener who could accommodate people’s views. He worked hard to diffuse tensions in Migingo Islands. Aronda served with high degree of integrity. Efficient, as evidenced with the on-going ID exercise.” Cardinal Wamala added.
General Aronda Nyakairima was born on July 7 1959 he died in flight while returning from South Korea on September 12, 2015. The Late Gen Aronda will be buried at his home in Nyakiju village, Bugyera parish in Buyanja Sub-county, Rukungiri District.