The Anglican Church has hailed former Kampala Mayor John Ssebaana Kizito for his services to God and the country at large.
Speaking during the memorial service at Namirembe Cathedral on Friday, Rev. Hannington Mutebi, who represented Bishop Kityo Luwalira described the deceased as one who served God with all his heart and strength.
“Despite being wealthy and educated, he was down to earth and related with everyone,” Rev. Mutebi said.
The Bishop for West Buganda Diocese Rev. Henry Katumba Tamale urged believers to emulate Ssebaana’s deeds.
He said that on many occasions people speak well of the dead but noted it should not only end at that.
“Don’t stop at speaking about good he has done; put it into practice in your daily lives, “Rev. Katumba told mourners on Friday.
Ssebaana is credited for constructing St. Apollo Kivebulaya church in Kansanga.
The Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga described the deceased former Kampala Mayor as one who loved and served the kingdom even in times of crises.
Mayiga said that the love for Buganda was shown through support financially to the kingdom and reviving the Bika football tournament.
Last week, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi on a rare occasion paid a courtesy visit to Ssebaana at Nakasero hospital.
Buganda kingdom also announced a week long period of mourning where flags will fly at half-mast up to Saturday when he will be buried.
Mayiga also applauded Ssebaana for being firm in his beliefs and those of the party throughout his life.
“He was not like the present politicians who change parties day and night,” Mayiga said.
“During the day he is green and at night he subscribes to the blue party. You ought to be firm on your beliefs like Ssebaana. “
Dr.Edward Kayondo, a former president for Old Budonians Club which he was part of described Ssebaana as a man of integrity throughout his life.
“He joined Budo in 1952, but because of his good deeds, we awarded him with the order of merit in 1994 because of his integrity,” Dr.Kayondo said.
Other dignitaries who graced the service at Namirembe included government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, Dr.Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi, Erias Lukwago and Norbert Mao.
The 83 year old former DP president and Kampala mayor died on Monday at Nakasero hospital.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday in Luweero.