Ugandans continue to eulogize and sending condolence messages to the family and friends of former presidential aspirant Gen. Benon Biraro.
In a message sent via his Twitter handle, The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) National coordinator Gen. Mugisha Muntu described the late as a great patriot.
Muntu added that Gen. Benon Biraaro served his country diligently.
“Fellow Ugandans, Today, our country lost a patriot. Gen. Benon Biraaro served his country diligently. Amidst all the temptations of power he has passed on by God’s Grace before bowing to the sense of entitlement that many within our ranks who fought the Bush war succumbed to.” Muntu said.
“He may not have often been critical in open public fora but I know that he boldly expressed his views to the powers that be on the most critical political and constitutional challenges of our time even when he was still in uniform.” He added.
Gen Biraro died on Wednesday morning at Kampala Hospital of colon cancer, a close family member told this reporter.
He was one of the presidential candidates in the 2016 general elections running on the ticket of his Farmers Party of Uganda.
In a press statement, Kampala Hospital said Gen Biraro was admitted to the facility on February 6, 2020 and was receiving treatment care for advanced cancer of the colon.
While still in the active military, he served as the commandant of the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja.
He was born on March 1, 1958 in Isingiro District. He attended Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Later, he attended Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, graduating with a Masters in Global Strategic Studies.