Politicians including former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago, gathered at Namirembe Cathedral on Friday morning for the late Ssebaana Kizito’s funeral service.
A former Go Forward presidential candidate, Mbabazi has been missing on the political scene ever since he lost 2016 presidential elections.
He only resurfaced a week ago to congratulate singer Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine upon his emphatic win of Kyadondo East constituency parliamentary seat.
During a special parliament sitting on Thursday, Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju (FDC, Kira Munic.) said that Ssebaana devoted his life to democracy and identified causes that were worth dying for.
“He dedicated almost his entire life fighting for democracy and good governance for Uganda; and as he did so, he never injured anyone,” said Ssemujju.
Legislators said that Ssebaana had inspired and motivated them into joining politics.
Hon. Obua Hamson (NRM, Ajuri) said Ssebaana was impressed by his contribution during a Children’s Mock Parliament held to generate views about the rights of children.
“He shaped my political future. He told me ‘you did well, you have a bright future,’” said Hon. Obua.
Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi (DP, Butambala) praised Ssebaana for his love for both Buganda and the country.
Hon. Moses Kasibante (Ind., Rubaga North) said the deceased was “truthful in politics and trustworthy in business” and left a legacy for retiring from his various positions held.
The body of the late Ssebaana lay in state for public viewing at Parliament Building before the special sitting in the afternoon, which was attended by former MPs and political party leaders.
Parliament resolved to convey deep condolences to Ssebaana’s family, relatives, friends and Ugandans upon his death; and appreciate his distinguished service rendered to the country.