KAMPALA — Former army commander Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu has written a heartbreaking statement—describing the late General Benon Biraaro as a true soldier who served his country diligently and unreservedly.
Gen Biraaro succumbed who died of colon cancer on Wednesday, will be buried on Sunday (today) with military honours.
“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,” Gen Muntu wrote.
Muntu said described the former presidential candidate as a Bush War Gen who stuck to the ideals of the war fought and never bowed to what has completely derailed the cause for which they made significant sacrifices.
“He did not succumb to greed and arrogance that have seen many loose bearing. 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.”
Amidst the trials and temptations of this world and the pain he experienced, Muntu said, Gen Biraaro has passed on in at ease with himself and his God.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Joy and the family for your great and irredeemable loss. We will stand with you through this really dark period.”
Rest Well soldier.
A grateful nation salutes you. May the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.”
Gen. Biraaro held different positions during his 32-year military career.
During the five-year Bush War, he served as the secretary of NRA high command chaired by President Museveni.