Brig. Kankiriho Through The Army Ranks

prostate geneva;”>The UPDF political Commissar Lt Col Felix Kulayigye said in a statement on Tuesday that Kankiriho was one of the senior officers that were instrumental in the NRA/UPDF struggle in its early days when few saw hope in that struggle.

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dosage geneva;”>“His joining of the struggle in the early days of the liberation struggle was a clear demonstration of his patriotism and commitment to a better Uganda,” said Kulayigye.

He added: “Brig Kankiriho has greatly contributed to the NRA/UPDF through the various command and administrative appointments he has held over the years. The UPDF family will greatly miss a commander, a mobiliser, a man that exercised the true UPDF ideology of harmonious and respectful co-existence with the people.”

The army clarified that Kankiriho died of “natural causes” at Nakasero Hospital, effectively denying reports that the Brigadier had succumbed to “multiple organ failure.”


Kulayigye said the departed army officer joined the army on 27 October 1981.

He was commissioned at rank of Lieutenant (Lt) in 1986 before being promoted to Captain on Feb 6, 1988.

He was elevated to the rank of Major on March 12, 2001 and then Lt Colonel in 2003.

President Museveni then endorsed his promotion to Lt Colonel in 2003, Colonel in 2005 and Brigadier in 2008, the rank he held until his death.

Kankiriho attended several military courses including Strategic Studies in 2007 in France, Strategic command at Kimaka in 2006 among others.

He also undertook a course at the prestigious Monduli in 1997, Tanzania and another in 1994 in Jinja.


Kankiriho attended Rushere Primary School between 1972 and 1978 and Mbarara High School in 1979 to 1981.

Some of the positions held by the fallen Brigadier in the army included platoon commander of the 1st battalion between 1985 and 1989. He later commanded the first battalion stretching from 1989 to 1990 before taking over the Marine Unit in 1990.

The deceased went ahead to lead operations of 303 Brigade from 1990 to 1998 and then 13 Brigade between 2000 and 2003.

He then took charge of the 401 Brigade in 2003 until 2005 when started commanding the 3rd Division in Moroto in 2007 to 2008.

He was later deployed to fight LRA under the 4th division in Gulu between 2008 and 2011 after which he was effectively appointed commander of 1st Division for one year.

In 2012, he was named commander 2nd Division in Mbarara.

Kulayigye said Kankiriho is survived by a widow Deborah Kyokunda Kankiriho and four children.

“The death of Brig Patrick Kankiriho is a big blow to the UPDF. His services to his mother land Uganda will be greatly be missed by the whole nation. We are saddened by the loss of a great son of the country,” said Kulayigye.

“Nevertheless we join the family, friends and relatives at this difficult time to mourn the late comrade whom we shall always remember. May the good Lord comfort you all for He gives and takes may His name be glorified.”

The remains of Kankiriho will be laid to rest in Rushere, Kiruhuura District.

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