Ex-DP president Ssebana Kizito dies

John Ssebaana Kizito has passed on

Former Democratic Party [DP] President, Mzee John Ssebana Kizito, has died at Nakasero hospital in Kampala.

Ssebana was pronounced dead on Monday morning by DP President, Norbert Mao.

“Rest in Peace President Emeritus Dr.John Ssebaana Kizito,” the party said in a social media message.

It added: “You emphatically loved Brain Power at play in the game of politics.”

Ssebana was admitted last month and has been in Intensive Care Unit on life support at Nakasero hospital.


Mzee Kizito suffered a massive stroke on the brain which has claimed his life this morning.

He was a member of the Constituency Assembly that participated in the formulation of the 1995 Constitution and a former president of the Democratic Party.

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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