News coming to desk indicates that former Democratic Party president and Kampala city mayor from 1998-2006 John Ssebana Kizito (83) passed on today (Monday morning the 3rd of July) at Nakasero Hospital, Kampala where he was rushed to following a stroke attack that had attacked his party of his body parts and the brain.
Close to two weeks ago, the Ssebana was on intensive care at the hospital until today morning when he breathed his last.
The public has so far taken to social media passing on condolence to the family and in an interview, incumbent Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwagao had this to say.
“We are here gathered, so far we are having members of the family and we have representatives from Mengo government. We are working on a programme and we shall be letting you know the programme in due course as of now we are in a meeting. This is the plan of the almighty and may he forgive him all his trespasses.” Lukwago said
Ssebana has left only one son Mr Joseph Mubiru Kizito who works with World Bank in New York after two of his sons; Edward Kitaka and Job Kizito died in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He also has four daughters: Ms Ruth Nasuuna his first born, Joyce Kizito Kajoba a Pharmacist, Ms Jennifer Kizito an engineer and Ms Christine Kizito a Chemist.
About the Late Ssebana Kizito
In 1960, he served as a National Executive Officer. He served as a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, an arm of the East African Community from 1967 until 1977. From 1977 until 1980, he served as the chairman of National Insurance Corporation. In 1980, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency, winning 90% of the votes. He was the Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1981 until 1985 and was Acting Leader of the Opposition in 1983.
He served as Minister of Cooperatives and Marketing from 1985 until 1987, as Minister of Regional Cooperation from 1987 until 1988 and as Minister of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 until 1991.
He was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, serving on the assembly as a member representing Makindye East Constituency. From 1994 to 1995, he served as chairman of the National Caucus of Democracy.
Between 1998 and 2006, he was twice elected as Mayor of Kampala, Uganda‘s capital city, replacing Nasser Sebaggala in 1999 and being replaced by Nasser Sebaggala in 2006. John Ssebaana Kizito was the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 23 February 2006 presidential election.
In 1982, John Ssebaana 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 serves as Chairman of the Board and Kiwanuka serves as the Managing Director.