Ssebana Kizito suffers stroke, put on life support

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John Ssebaana Kizito

Former Democratic Party [DP] President, Mzee John Ssebana Kizito, is currently in Intensive Care Unit on life support at Nakasero hospital.

According to Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who paid him a visit on Thursday afternoon, mzee Kizito suffered a massive stroke on the brain and currently on life support system.

“His doctors are doing everything possible to manage the situation. Kindly keep him in your prayers,” Lukwago said.

Kizito was in the news in March this year when Jjajja Nankere of the Mmamba-Kakoboza clan paid him courtesy visit at his office (State Wide Insurance Co. – SWICO) at SURE House on Bombo Road.

The purpose of their visit was to thank the aging Ssebana for the work is still rendering to the nation-Uganda, Buganda and his clan Mmamba-Kakoboza in many areas of development and sports.

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He was presented with gifts; a branded glass, cup, plate and plaque plate on a board.

Kizito again appeared in news in April 2017 when he spoke about the current disagreements, saying greed was tearing the party apart.

He made an impassioned plea to Parliament and President Yoweri Museveni to desist from amending the constitution to remove the mandatory age limit for the presidency.

Ssebaana Kizito, who was a member of the Constituency Assembly that participated in the formulation of the 1995 Constitution says President Museveni should now retire and leave Ugandans to elect his successor democratically.

Ssebaana, a former president of the Democratic Party, says the current internal turmoil in DP is orchestrated by the invisible hand of the ruling party in a bid to destabilise the opposition.

Born in 1934, Kizito became a well-known figure in politics and business.

He attended Ndejje Junior and Ndejje Senior School before joining Kings College Budo at A-level.

In 1955, he joined Makerere University and obtained a degree in Economics, before joining the University of Oregon in the US for a Masters degree in Economics.

In 1963, he won a scholarship to study his second degree in the US and joined the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

A year later he joined Crusader Insurance and the following year worked at the National Insurance Corporation (NIC).

In 1980, Sebaana was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency and in 1982 was elected DP treasurer.

In 1982, Ssebaana, together with a business associate, set up Uganda’s first private (non-government) insurance company, Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO).

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