Ugandans are still pouring out their hearts, praising the deceased former Democratic Party president and Kampala Mayor, John Ssebana Kizito.
The Uganda Football governing body [FUFA] called Monday a “dark day” for taking Kizito who is a former FUFA Chairman.
Ssebana who served as FUFA Chairman from May-December 1992 suffered a stroke at Nakasero hospital which led to the deterioration of his health until his death.
“We have received the sad news of the demise of our former FUFA Chairman Mr. John Ssebana Kizito. Football has already lost elders this year and we feel sad when another of our former leaders is taken away by the Creator,” said FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
He added: “Our elder Mr. John Ssebana Kizito played a key role in football development in 1992 when reorganisation of the sport was much needed. He stepped in and did wonderful job.”
He sent condolences to the family of the departed football administrator, KCCA FC and the entire football fraternity.
Ambassador Owek. Israel Mayengo said the late Ssebana was an excellent businessman.
“He balanced both politics and business. He was good at all of them,” Mayengo noted.
The late is described as someone who stood for the truth, rights of Ugandans and was selfless at that.
Kenneth Kakande, the DP spokesperson, said Ssebana, a leader in the party who will be missed, stood for truth and justice, but above he never compromised and also fought for rights of Ugandans.
At Ssebana’s ancestral home in Mpande village, Nyimbwa Sub County in Luweero district, locals described the veteran politician as pro people.
Uma Kerobino, the Gulu district DP chairperson, described the late as a tolerant nationalistic leader who mentored current president Norbert Mao.
He prevented Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze, from dividing the party based on sectarian lines.
He has been a strong pillar in the party since the 1980s when many people were crossing to National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.