Maj Gen Benon Biraaro who in 2016 contested for President, has passed away.
Gen Biraaro is reported to have breathed his last on Wednesday morning.
He was aged 62.
The decorated soldier has been battling a fast-moving and incurable cancer.
Biraaro, who contested for the presidency on the ticket of his Farmers Party, underwent multiple procedures and was reported to be in good physical condition until late last year when his situation rapidly deteriorated.
“It has not been easy for him,” said a close relative recently told us.
“Doctors told us that the cancer had spread to all the most sensitive internal body organs,” the relative revealed.
Biraaro’s close family members said the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi recently visited the ailing general at the latter’s residence in Munyonyo, a Kampala suburb.
Biraaro attended Makerere 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.
Biraaro joined the National Resistance Army (NRA) War on 7 June 1982, straight out of Makerere University.
By 1984, he had risen to the position of secretary to the High Command and National Resistance Council.
By 1986, he was the deputy to President Museveni’s Principal Private Secretary before being posted to Kitgum District as the special district administrator from 1986 until 1987.
He then was transferred to Kyankwanzi and served as deputy commandant of the National Leadership Institute.
Next, he served as the commanding officer of the 97th Battalion in Uganda’s Eastern Region, which ended the insurgency in the Teso sub-region and in Tororo and Busia Districts.
Following that, he served as the commander of the military police in Uganda. He was then appointed the military representative in the Office of the Inspector General of Government.
Biraaro then served as a member of the Adhoc Committee on Human Rights under the chairmanship of Abu Mayanja. He later became the director of training in the UPDF.
In 1998, he commanded the Ugandan contingent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
He then became the commander of the Infantry Division in the Western Region of Uganda.
Following that he was appointed deputy chief of staff of the UPDF (DCOS), the fifth-highest rank in the Uganda military.
Next, he served as the commandant for two in-takes at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka in the Eastern Region.
He then served as the chief of the Strategic Planning and Management Unit of the Peace and Security Council at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Biraaro attended military courses at the Junior Command and Staff College at the Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna, Nigeria; Senior Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA; and also excelled in the Africa Strategic Studies Course at Nasser Military Academy, Cairo, Egypt.