A renowned UPDF officer, Brig. Patrick Kankiriho who led the military operation in the thick forests of Garamba in DR Congo in 2008 has died. He died at Nakasero hospital on Monday. He was the UPDF Second division commander.
Kankiriho joined the National Resistance Army (NRA) headed by President Museveni in 1982. When the rebel force captured power, he was sent to Northern Uganda to fight the Holy Spirit Movement led by Alice Lakwena (RIP) as a junior commander.
When the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked Uganda in 1997, Brig. Kankiriho, then a captain was sent to Western Uganda and was later deployed to the DRC to deny the ADF sanctuary.
As a Major, Brig. Kankiriho served as the UPDF 13th battalion commander in the north before President Museveni elevated him to a Lieutenant Colonel in 2003 and appointed him the commander of the UPDF 401 infantry brigade based in Lira and Pader.
In 2006, Kankiriho was promoted to the rank of a Colonel after completing a one-year course at Kimaka Senior Command and Staff College and sent to the UPDF 3rd Division based in Moroto, where he was involved in the disarmament exercise.
A year later, he was promoted to the rank of a Brigadier. By virtue of the rank, he sits on the Army Council, the UPDF High Command.