Museveni: Ssebaana was close to my father

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Museveni paying his last respects to Ssebaana

President Yoweri Museveni last evening visited the Late Sebaana Kizito’s family in Kampala to condole with them and pay his last respects.

Museveni said Ssebaana was a disciplined entrepreneur who advocated for non-frictional politics.

He also pioneered education in Luweero in the 1950s.

“I appreciate him because he was among the few entrepreneurs we have in Uganda. I hear he had a lot of properties and that he died minus bank loans. He was a real businessman,” the president said.

Museveni at the late Ssebaana’s home

Museveni further described the Late as a social person who loved everybody regardless of who they were.

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“He was close to my father Amos Kaguta. Once, he came with his wife to Nakasero to see Mzee Kaguta. They bypassed me and when I asked, they said they had known each other while I was in the Bush.”

Museveni then commended Ssebaana and Paul Kawanga Semogerere for their role in the Democratic Party [DP], saying they helped shape and change Uganda.

“Ssebaana was a minister and served this country greatly. May his soul rest in peace.”

At the home of the Late, Museveni met and shook hands with DP president, Norbert Mao, and new Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi.

“He left a trail of positive accomplishments in all levels and positions held,” the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said in his eulogy to Ssebaana.

In a special sitting held Thursday, 6th July 2017, Parliament paid tribute to Ssebaana, who lost battle to a stroke at Nakasero Hospital on Monday.

This was the fourth time Parliament was paying tribute to a former leader of the Democratic Party, one of the Opposition parties in the House since December.

Museveni shakes Mao’s hand

Parliament has also held special sittings to honour Hon. Boniface Byanyima, Hon. Mathias Nsubuga and Hon. Maria Mutagamba.

Ssebaana Kizito participated in pre and post-independence struggles of Uganda before serving in various positions in government and Parliament including: the East African Legislative Assembly, National Insurance Corporation; Member of Parliament, Minister and Shadow Minister; Leader of the Opposition; Constituent Assembly Delegate; Minister in various capacities; and President General of the Democratic Party.

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Dr. Rugunda hailed the deceased for his conviction for a better Kampala, Uganda and Africa; saying that Ssebaana never allowed political differences to stand in the way of serving Uganda.

“He played an important role in the struggle that brought in the NRM, and we continued to work together. Ssebaana has a special place in Uganda’s democracy having made a contribution during the Constituent Assembly,” said Dr. Rugunda.

“He was a strong advocate for democratic governance and contributed to the development of multiparty politics in Uganda,” said Rugunda, who added that Ssebaana served with dedication and patriotism.

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