Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi, a 68-year-old Ugandan Consultant Cardiologist residing in Australia, passed away. This was confirmed by his widow, Galiemaya Kiyingi, in a social media post on Saturday morning.
In her message, Galiemaya expressed profound sadness over the loss of her beloved husband, Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi, stating that words could not adequately convey their grief and sorrow.
No specific details regarding the circumstances of the cardiologist’s passing were provided by the widow.
The Ugandan government had accused Kiyingi of supporting the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) sleeper cells and opposition figures in Uganda to overthrow President Museveni’s government, an allegation he denied.
Dr. Kiyingi had also faced accusations in the past, including the alleged killing of his lawyer wife, Robinah Kiyingi, who was shot in Buziga. However, he was acquitted of these charges.
Born to Azalia Ssebowa, a peasant in Busukuma, Namulonge, Wakiso district, Dr. Kiyingi graduated from Makerere University, Uganda, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He pursued further specialization in cardiology training in Sydney, Australia, at Westmead and Concord Hospitals, becoming a consultant cardiologist since 1989.
His clinical interests encompassed preventive cardiology, echocardiography, hypertension, tropical medicine, and more, showcasing his expertise in general adult cardiology and echocardiography.
Remembered as a philanthropist, Dr. Kiyingi supported various causes, including setting up a fund for computer awareness and aiding local churches and NGOs with substantial donations. Despite his philanthropic endeavors, Kiyingi faced political involvement and accusations, establishing Uganda Federal Democratic Organization (UFDO) and expressing intentions for presidential candidacy in 2016.
In response to allegations tying him to the deaths of Muslim clerics, Kiyingi denied any involvement and emphasized that he had never met the Muslim leaders mentioned by the government or been linked to any rebel group.