According to news reaching our report desk, it is confirmed that the former Democratic Party President and Kampala Mayor Mr. John Ssebaana Kizito, has died at Nakasero hospital. The reports of the veteran politician’s death was confirmed by Norbert Mao, Ssebaana’s successor and current President of the Democratic Party.
Mr. John Ssebaana was admitted to Nakasero hospital after suffering a stroke on June 19 and he had been in a coma since then and in a number of days before his demise.
Mr. John Ssebaana (born 1934) was a businessman, economist and veteran politician. He served as the President of the Democratic Party (DP) in Uganda since the year 2005 to 2010. He was one of the wealthiest people in Uganda, having sizable holdings in real estate and insurance.
He attended Kings College Budo and later on graduated from Makerere University in Kampala.
In 1960, he graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Economics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States.
He served and survived as a civil servant and politician in several of Uganda’s eras of tyranny and political turmoil, including under Dictator Idi Amin, Milton Obote, and the current Museveni’s National Opposition Movement government.
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 with more than 90% of the votes. He was the Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1981 until 1985 and was Acting Leader of the Opposition in parliament 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. has died at Nakasero hospital.