Exiled Ugandan Physician, Dr Aggrey Kiyingi dies in Australia

Kampala, (UG): Ugandan-born Australian cardiologist Dr Aggrey Kiyingi who was acquitted of his wife’s murder in 2006 has died in Sydney, Australia. He was 68.

Mrs Mayimuna Nakayiira Kiyingi, on behalf of the family announced on Saturday afternoon the news of Kiyingi’s passing in a statement posted via social media.

“It is with immense sadness and a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of my beloved husband Dr Aggrey Kiyingi,” Mrs Kiyingi whom he married in 2009 four years after the wife’s murder said in a Facebook post.

Paying tribute to Kiyingi as a “loving father, the widow described the late as a wonderful friend and an integral part of our lives”, adding that his “presence brought immeasurable joy, laughter and warmth to countless moments we shared together”.

Kiyingi became popular in 2006 when the High Court in Kampala acquitted him of killing his estranged lawyer’s wife and city advocate Robinah Kiyingi in 2005. Four years later, he married Nakayiira in 2009.

At the time of his death, Kiyingi who had attempted to contest for the presidency several times under his Uganda Federal Democratic Organization party is accused of providing logistical and financial support to the ADF rebel group which is linked to several murders and bombings in Uganda and Eastern Congo.

In 2016, then Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita discontinued charges of terrorism, murder and crimes against humanity which had been slapped against the heart surgeon, following a wave of brutal murders targeting top Muslim clerics around 2015.  

Details of the funeral and memorial services were yet to be communicated by press time.

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