Tributes and condolence messages are still flowing on social media as Ugandans mourn the passing of former Kampala mayor, John Sebaana Kizito.
He was once a presidential candidate, leader of the Democratic Party, twice Mayor of Kampala, cabinet minister, member EALA, Member of Parliament and delegate to the Constituent Assembly dies in Kampala.
Kizito passed on Monday morning at Nakasero hospital in Kampala, aged 82.
He is survived by a widow Christine and adult children.
The director in charge of land matters at State House, Dr. Sarah Nkonge Muwonge, remembers Kizito as a political mentor, ‘father’ and close friend.
“He was my political mentor and I have closely worked with him on a number of issues and I have learnt a lot from him,” Nkonge told the state-run New Vision.
It was Kizito who recommended her for the post of Kampala deputy mayor during the first regime of former Mayor, Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala.
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, also eulogised Kizito who he visited last week while still in intensive care unit.
DP said the late was ”an emphatically loved Brain Power at play in the game of politics”.
Democratic Party spokesman, Kenneth Paul Kakande, described late Kizito as a man who was difficult to compromise politically.
“Our heartfelt condolence & empathy to the family of John Ssebaana Kizito former Mayor of Kampala (1999-2006) who passed away today,” Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] said in a statement.
Nakaseke South MP Luttamaguzi Semakula said Kizito is one of the pioneers of many KCCA activities.
“It’s rare to find a politician of his caliber nowadays. Ssebaana served his people well. He was not only a politician but also an entrepreneur.”
He added: “He contributed to infrastructure in the country. Given that he was a mayor, the late Ssebaana Kizito deserves a state burial.”
State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Seninde said it’s sad to learn about the death of Ssebaana Kizito.
“He has been a pillar to this country.”