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General Aronda Nyakairima has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Nyakiju village, Kitojo parish in Buyanja sub county of Rukungiri district.
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General Aronda Nyakairima has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Nyakiju village, Kitojo parish in Buyanja sub county, Rukungiri district.

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President Yoweri Museveni was among the many dignitaries that attended the burial. Also present were Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders; Major General (rtd) Mugisha Muntu and Col (rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye.

The funeral service was led by Bishop Patrick Tugume Tugimisirize of the North Kigezi Diocese.

President Museveni described General Nyakairima as one of the most disciplined soldiers to emerge out of the National Resistance Army (NRA) in 1986.

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President Museveni said he was shocked by Nyakairima\'s death because he had not been aware that he suffered from hypertension. Museveni said that subsequent inquires had revealed that Nyakairima had been treating the ailment since 2005.

President Museveni urged all Ugandans to be more open about their health conditions especially with their employers and family.

Chief of Defence Forces General Katumba Wamala, described Nyakairima as \"a determined and tireless worker.\"

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Katumba credited Nyakairima for helping to form the character of the UPDF. He said one of the highlights of Nyakairima\'s career was leading Operation Iron Fist which, flushed Joseph Kony\'s Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) out of Uganda.

Nyakairima\'s widow Linda, described her husband as a loving father to their two children and husband in their 19 years of marriage. She said that though he was a soldier, he was always gentle with her.

She also said that Nyakairima faced a lot of challenges in his last posting as Internal Affairs minister. She said he complained of corruption in the ministry and was working hard to root it out.

Nyakairima was born on July 07, 1959 and died on September 12, 2015 of acute heart failure.

Nyakairima was Internal Affairs minister at the time of his death. Prior to that Aronda had served as Chief of Defence Forces from 2003 to 2013.  

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