NAKASERO – Thousands thronged All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero at the funeral service to eulogize the life of Major. Gen Benon Biraaro a former Presidential Candidate in the 2016 elections.
Gen Biraaro who came to limelight after his calm display in politics was pronounced dead on Wednesday, February, 12 at Kampala Hospital, succumbing to Colon Cancer.
Rt, Edward Bishop Muhima of North Kigezi, who was the main celebrant said the former presidential candidate had impeccable and unquestionable integrity.
“All of all us will die! Be it the presidents, the queen, members of Parliament and others. It is so sad that some of the good people are dying but leaving us with bad ones but I’m sure everything has its own time. The throwing of chairs at each other does not make sense and the day we never fail to call God upon Uganda, we shall never be at peace.”
He lauded Gen. Biraaro for having received the Lord as his saviour and passing on the message of impeccable and unquestionable integrity.
Biraaro was not an embezzler who never told lies and his word was yes or no and all these was the way to salvation.
Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the leader of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) said; “By God’s grace, we took power in 1986, though we didn’t have the same agenda but standing by the truth, and thank his wife Joy for understanding this which the kids may not get well”.
“All these materials things are good but they cannot be attained at all expenses but the best thing is a name and goo, he got saved”.
Major John Kazoora revealed that he and Biraaro were at Nyakasura School and “I remember him being shot by 1 mark and he was studying illegally but after 2 weeks he went to the headmaster with him and they officially admitted him.
“We all did the same course at Makerere which was the only University, I become chairman Nsibirwa. We joined the army with him, I got married in 1987, where he was my best man and after four years he also got married and that is how we moved. I thank the president for the support given to Benon [Biraaro] because the expenses were immense and giving him this befitting honors. I pray my brother sleeps well.” He said.
The chief of Defense of Forces (CDF) David Muhoozi said Biraaro has been a soldier for most of his life.
His number was RO 116. “Each of us have their batches and he been talked about as the intellectuals that joined the NRA. They were young tough officers who would have sought other ventures but they decided to serve the nation and I salute them.”
The service was attended by Col. Felix Kulaiye, Gen Katumba Wamala, Mugisha Muntu, Rtd Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi, CDF David Muhoozi, NRM EC Chairperson Tanga Odoi, John Nasasira, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, diplomats, family and friends among others.