Benon Biraaro is confirmed dead at the age of 61.
Benon was best known as a Ugandan military officer.
Death was likely due to colon cancer.
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RT @mokawooya: BREAKING: Former presidential candidate Benon Biraaro has passed away this afternoon at Kampala Hospital. #RIP
RT @mugishamuntu: Fellow Ugandans, Today, our country lost a patriot. Gen. Benon Biraaro served his country diligently. Amidst all th…
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RT @mugishamuntu: Fellow Ugandans, 1227593414176206848,2020-02-12 14:00:52 +0000,ahabu_bwesigye,RT @NamajjaIreneNBS: Former presidential candidate Benon Biraaro has passed away at Kampala Hospital and our reporter @PaulKayonga1 will…
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RT @mugishamuntu: Fellow Ugandans, 1227591677516374017,2020-02-12 13:53:58 +0000,411_UG,RT @nbstv: BREAKING: Former presidential candidate Benon Biraaro has passed away this afternoon at Kampala Hospital.
RT @gad_rogers: Life is short. Live it without Regrets RIP Benon Biraaro
RT @observerug: Maj Gen Benon Biraaro dies from colon cancer
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RT @observerug: Maj Gen Benon Biraaro dies from colon cancer
Benon Biraaro
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Born (1958-03-01) 1 March 1958 (age 61)
NationalityUgandan
CitizenshipUganda
Alma materMakerere University'
(Bachelor of Arts in political science)
Cranfield University
(Master of Arts in global strategic studies)
OccupationMilitary Officer
Years active1982 — present
Known forPresidential Candidate for 2016 Uganda National Elections as Flag Bearer for the Farmers Party
Home townIsingiro
Benon Biraaro (born 1 March 1958 and died on 12 February 2020) was a Ugandan military officer. Sometimes his last name is written as "Biraro". He is a former high-ranking commander in the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF). While still in the active military, he served as the commandant of the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja. In 2016, he ran (unsuccessfully) for President of Uganda on behalf of his Farmers Party of Uganda.
Contents
1 Background and formal education
2 Military education
3 Military career
4 Other responsibilities
5 Personal details
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
Background and formal education
Benon Biraaro was born on 1 March 1958 in Isingiro District. He attended Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda's oldest and largest public 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.
Military education
His military education included the following courses:
Officer Cadet Course
Junior Staff College in the United Kingdom
Junior Command and Staff College at the Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna, Nigeria
Senior Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Africa Strategic Studies Course at Nasser Military Academy, Cairo, Egypt
Masters in Global Security Studies at Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Military career
Benon Biraaro joined the Ugandan Bush 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 Yoweri Museveni’s Principal Private Secretary. He was then 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. He then served as a member of the Adhoc Committee on Human Rights under the chairmanship of Abu Mayanja. He then 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. .
Other responsibilities
Biraaro and several prominent individuals in the Ugandan military and business have started a public-private-partnership with the aim of raising investment funds locally to invest in local infrastructure and industry. Biraaro is the founder president and lead investor in Local Investment for Transformation.
Personal details
General Biraaro is a married father. He is of the Christian faith. He is reported to have built a church in the village where he was born, in Isingiro District.
See also
Ivan Koreta
Aronda Nyakairima
Isingiro District
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