By our reporter
The burial of the former presidential candidate Maj Gen Benon Biraaro has been set for Sunday 16th February 2020.
Maj Gneral Biraro succumbed to colon cancer on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at Kampala Hospital where he had been admitted on 6th February 2020.
Arthur Tumwiine, a cousin to Biraro has told press that the army has admitted to burry Maj. Gen. Biraro with military respect and honor.
Tumwine said, â€œThe Commander-in-Chief has graciously allowed UPDF to bury the deceased with military honors.â€
UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said there will be an â€œofficial eulogyâ€ from the army.
As a major general, he will get gun salute and his casket will be carried by the pall-bearers at the rank of major general.
There will be a funeral service at 4pm at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero, Kampala, today and family members plus friends are all expected to attend.
After the service, the body will be taken to Isingiro District for another funeral service on Saturday at the church he built in his village,â€ Mr Tumwine said.
Maj. Gen. Biraro was born on March 1, 1958 in Isingiro District. In 1982, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Makerere University Kampala.
He Joined bush war from Makerere University on June 7, 1982. He served in several capacities until he became Secretary to High Command and National Resistance Council 1984.
He deputized Museveniâ€™s Principle Private Secretary in 1986 before becoming the Kitgum District Special Administrator from 1986 to 1987.
He also served as the Deputy Commandant Kyankwanzi Political School. He was also the Commanding Officer 97 Battalion in Eastern Uganda that ended the insurgency in Samia, Teso.
He was also the commander Military Police as well as the military representative in the IGGâ€™s office
Gen Biraaro was the director of training that led the Uganda contingent to DRC in 1998.
He later became the commander of the Infantry Division in western Uganda. He was also assistant Chief of Staff, UPDF
While still in the active military, he served as the commandant of the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja.
During his presidential campaigns, Gen Biraaro accused Mr Museveni and his NRM party of failure to address poverty, adding that his presidency would treat it with urgency.
He had also promised to reduce on the size of Parliament, a process which he said would begin with the scrapping off army MPs saying they are supposed to be neutral.