When Kabaka Muteesa II, the king of Buganda Kingdom and first president of Uganda, died in his flat in East London in 1969, where he was living in exile, the official cause of death was given as alcohol poisoning. Yet to this day many believe that agents working on behalf of Milton Obote, who had deposed him in a republican coup three years earlier, poisoned him.
Separately, shortly after the announcement of the death of Gen Aronda, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba also tweeted: “I’m extremely saddened at the untimely passing of our long time commander and leader, Gen Aronda Nyakairima. RIP.” Muhoozi is the commander of the UPDF elite Special Forces Command (SFC), which is responsible for the protection of VIPs, including his father and the country’s strategic installations. His tweet did not dispel rumours that the minister who has been among the few five-star-generals, was deliberately eliminated.
Previous murders and assassinations of political leaders and opponents in Uganda make it very difficult for the government to explain Gen Aronda’s death to the country. UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) then, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, came out to issue a warning against those spreading rumours that Gen Aronda had died along with two of his aides. Gen Katumba said that the four aides who were travelling with Gen Aronda were still in a Dubai hotel alive. His warnings and clarifications came in to counter the earlier reports that Gen. Aronda together with his two aides had mysteriously died.
Earlier reports had given contradicting accounts of the event. Whilst the general’s family initially wanted to go to Dubai, the government informed them that there was no need for them to travel and they would join the investigation after the government-commissioned pathologists completed their post-mortem in Dubai. So the government dispatched the pathologists and doctors to Dubai without the family. Inquisitive journalists were banned from accessing Gen Aronda’s home at Buziga, south-east of the capital Kampala.
Below is why he was killed and the people behind the murder
IN EXCHANGE FOR CUTTING MILITARY COOPERATION WITH NORTH KOREA, A MOVE INITIATED BY MUHOOZI,THE MUSEVENI REGIME SIGNED A MILITARY AND SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH PYONGYANG’S ARCH ENEMY SOUTH KOREA, THAT WOULD SEE THE MUSEVENI REGIME RECEIVE MILITARY ARSENAL AND OTHER GADGETS TO BE USED IN SPYING, AND ELIMINATING REGIME ENEMIES. AMONG THE LETHAL MATERIALS SUPPLIED WAS RICIN, A LETHAL TOXIC CHEMICAL ,THAT WAS USED TO TAKE THE LIFE OF GENERAL ARONDA , WHILE HE WAS SLEEPING IN HIS SEAT ABOARD THE FLIGHT FROM SOUTH KOREA.
THE WHOLE OPERATION WAS GIVEN A GREENLIGHT AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, AS ARONDA WAS PERCEIVED AS A STUMBBLING BLOCK ,IN THE REGIME’S PLAN OF RIGGING THE ELECTIONS OF 2016, USING THE IDENTITY CARD REGISTRATION, A MOVE THEY KNEW ARONDA, WOULD FRUSTRATE.AROND
THE UGANDAN REGIME, REFUSED THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTS ON ARONDA’S BODY, AND JUST PRODUCED A SHAM POST-MORTEM REPORT..MUHOOZI