Former Democratic Party President John Sebaana Kizito has Monday morning passed away aged 83.
Kizito has been admitted for days at Nakasero Hospital, where he was rushed with a stroke.
The Opposition party’s Administrative Secretary Martin Wakooli confirmed the passing while speaking to Chimpreports.
He said the renowned politician and businessman died at 11:10am.
The Democratic Party later on confirmed the development in a singular tweet.
— Democratic Party (@DPSecretariat1) July 3, 2017
Mzee Kizito was admitted at the hospital and has been on life support since June 20.
He will go down as one of the most revered Ugandan politicians of the last century, with his political work going back as far as the 1960s when he served as a National Executive Officer and a member of of the East African Legislative Assembly.
Kizito served as president General of the Opposition Democratic Party 2005 to 2010 and two terms as the Mayor of the country’s capital Kampala from 1998 and 2006.
He also was a candidate in the 2016 Presidential elections on the DP ticket.
Considered one of the wealthiest men in Uganda, Mzee Kizito together with a business associate, Joseph William Kiwanuka, established Uganda’s first private (non-government) insurance company, Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO), for which Ssebaana served as Chairman of the Board and Kiwanuka served as the Managing Director.