Ssebaana was a magnet, pulled us together-MPs

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Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah pays his respects to the late Hon Ssebaana Kizito & then signs the condolence book

Members of Parliament on Thursday paid a glowing tribute to former Democratic Party President, John Ssebaana Kizito, in a special sitting presided over by Deputy Speaker, Hon Jacob Oulanyah.

A former Kampala mayor, Ssebaana’s body was first taken to City Hall for a public viewing before lying in state at the legislative house.

The Prime Minister, Ruhakana Ruganda, moved the motion to honour the late Hon. Ssebana.

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, said he found the late Ssebaana, a very intelligent person because the two used to discuss issues.

“I found the late Ssebana amiable and never held back wisdom and counsel,” Otafiire said.

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He added: “I admired his humility, found him responsible and whenever I faulted, he gave wise counsel on issue of Kampala.”

Lira Municipality MP, Jimmy Akena, expressed fear that Ugandans are becoming a generation that has drawn battle lines.

“Governments will come and go but Uganda as a country will remain, we had a Uganda before the NRM, we will stay one after,” he noted, drawing on the example of Ssebaana who united people with different political beliefs.

Oulanyah also reminded MPs not to label only to define: “let us stop labelling, let us start living”.

Kalungu West MP, Hon. Joseph Ssewungu, said Ssebana Kizito constructed good houses for teachers in Kampala and built schools in barracks.

“Ssebana Kizito was a magnet. He pulled all kinds of people together,” he said.

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