By Ronald Muhinda
Opposition figure Kizza Besigye, several military officers and mourners Sunday travelled to Masha in Isingiro District to bid farewell to Gen. Benon Biraaro.
Biraaro, a former presidential candidate in the 2016 general elections, succumbed to cancer last week.
He had a distinguished military and political career, once vying for Presidency under his political platform Farmers Party of Uganda.
Speaker after speaker paid glowing tribute to the late Biraaro whose humility and kindness they said was immense.
Besigye eulogised Biraaro as a “friend and comrade who fought for justice to the very end”.
“Benon and I were friends and comrades. We were united by our desire to fight Injustice. We both loved to see justice in our country. Those of you who claim to love NRM today more than us who shed blood to bring it into power, you are liars.”
“NRM was us. We campaigned for it when you didn’t like it; we supported and loved Gen. Museveni when you didn’t and we invested our time and personal resources to campaign for him because we had aspirations.”
Today, most of those who claim to support Gen. Museveni and NRM only do it because they benefit from them, Besigye explained.
“What the late Benon and I were fighting for is justice so that we can live decently and with equal opportunities in Uganda.”
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. One cannot function without the other, he said.
“I am here to send off Gen. Biraaro because, as a friend and colleague, we have passed through many difficult situations pursuing peace and justice for Ugandans in Uganda.”
“You have faded before we could achieve it. But the struggle will go until we liberate our country. Gen. Biraro has gone as friend and I salute you. Go well, sleep well, sleep in Peace General.”