Members of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) have started mourning the departed former party president John Ssebaana Kizito who died this morning in Kampala, a little over a month after the death of former party Chairman Boniface Byanyima.
Ssebaana breathed his last on Monday morning at Nakasero hospital where he had been admitted on June 19 with a stroke.
Born in 1934, Ssebaana is one of the DP members said to have served in the different party leadership positions from village to the national level.
The deceased was elected as the party treasurer in 1985 at a Delegates conference in UMA Show ground in Lugogo in which Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere was elected as the party president.
“Ssebana is remembered for having galvanized party membership and support within Kampala the time he served as the Kampala district chairperson,” eulogized the party Administrative Secretary, Martin Wakoli.
Wakoli told Chimpreports that at the time Ssebana was steering the party from 2005 to 2010 as the party president, the party enjoyed popular support in Kampala than ever before.
Having served as the party district chairman and as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency in 1980, Ssebana was later elected twice as Kampala Mayor from 1999 to 2006 replacing Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebagala.
“Kampala has never enjoyed a stable mayor ever since he left office. There has been fights between Councilors and the Mayor which affected the people of Kampala, unlike in his time were service to the citizens was the priority,” Wakoli said.
He added that during his term as mayor, Sebaana served with a team that had many NRM members but managed to contain them to ensure a peaceful capital city.
Ssbaana, a revered political figure and business mogul attended Ndejje Junior and Ndejje Senior School before joining Kings College Budo at A-level.
In 1955, he joined Makerere University and obtained a degree in Economics, before joining the University of Oregon in the US for a Master of Arts degree in Economics.
A year later he joined Crusader Insurance and the following year worked at the National Insurance Corporation (NIC).
“Ssebana served in different Ministerial positions in the country since 1985 to 1991 and has worked tirelessly his entire life to boost the Insurance business in the country,” said Wakooli.
In 1982, together with Joseph Kiwanuka a business associate would later set up Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO), Uganda’s first private insurance company.