Former and current leaders of Kampala Capital City Authority have eulogised deceased former mayor John Ssebaana Kizito.
Speaking during an extraordinary council meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Kampala leaders hailed Ssebaana as one of the great pillars that contributed to the development of Uganda’s capital.
“He was a great political mentor whose hand is responsible for many Kampala politicians including myself,” said Deputy Lord Mayor Sarah Kanyike who was KCC speaker then during Ssebaana’s tenure.
She mentioned names like current Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Michael Mabikke, Brenda Nabukenya and Kenneth Kakande among those who have passed through Ssebaana’s hands and have turned out to be great politicians.
“He had a unique attribute of having an instant answer to any question you asked him.”
KCCA Councillor Bruhan Byaruhanga summarized the former Kampala mayor’s life as being a good politician, leader and traditionalist.
He equated the former mayor to a snail which leaves a mark wherever it passes.
“He looked for unity in diversity,” Byaruhanga said of Ssebaana.
“Despite having a council with majority being NRM, he was able to convince them so as to champion the construction of Nakivubo channel.”
According to the KCCA councillor, Ssebaana as a traditionalist loved his Buganda roots and also served the kingdom.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi in a rare occasion paid a courtesy visit to his sick subject Ssebaana Kizito at Nakasero hospital last week.
Democratic Party president Norbert Mao described Ssebaana as a strong character who stood against any form of injustice as well as fighting for unity.
“If only we could stand together as opposition political parties to fight injustice, we could take power,” Mao said of his predecessor as DP president.
The State Minister for Kampala, Benny Namugwanya Bugembe who read a message from government described the deceased former Kampala mayor as patriotic and dedicated to seeing the country flourish.
“We have lost a man whose contribution cuts across among all spheres, “Namugwanya said.
Former Kampala mayor, Christopher Yiga however warned politicians and other leaders to always be cautious of the legacies wherever they serve.
John Ssebaana Kizito was the 17th Kampala mayor serving for 2 terms from 1999 to 2006.
Ssebaana died of stroke on Monday at Nakasero hospital.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday.