Two weeks before the former Mayor's death, the Kabaka visited him at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala
The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has said the Kingdom will miss John Ssebana Kizito who he said promoted Sports in the Kingdom.
In his written message delivered by the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga, at Namirembe Cathedral, during Ssebana’s funeral service, the Kabaka described Ssebana as a special Buganda Kingdom official who advised the kingdom on a number of issues.
“He was a great advisor to us, and an honest leader. I want to console the family and the country at large for such a big loss,” the Kabaka said in a statement.
He urged Ugandans, to emulate Ssebana, who he described as a successful businessman by starting up income generating ventures for increased employment opportunities and economic development of the country.
Two weeks before Ssebana’s death, the Kabaka who has been a personal friend, visited the deceased at Nakasero Hospital Kampala, where he died on Monday.
Buganda which has arranged a special session on July 17 to pay tribute to Ssebana, announced that it would fly its flags at half-mast in honour of the deceased.
The funeral service was attended by different dignitaries including politicians Kiiza Besigye, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Olara Otunnu, government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa, former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi and Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma among other notables.
At the funeral service, Joseph Kizito who represented the family, described the deceased as a loving father who balanced politics, family and business.
“He was a self-made man, Daddy made sure that family was always the first, he loved us so dearly, he never missed any of our visitation during school time, despite his busy schedule,” Kizito said.
He used the funeral service, to convey regrets from his sick mother Christine Namiiro Kizito, the wife to the deceased who could not travel back to Uganda for burial due to illness.
Mrs Kizito, who has been married to Ssebana for the last 51 years, is currently in the UK, where she is receiving treatment.
Aged 83, Ssebaana died of stroke on Monday at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. He was a renowned businessman, economist and politician. He was also the president of the Democratic Party between 2005 and 2010.
He will be buried on Saturday at his ancestral burial grounds in Luweero district. Nobert Mao, the DP president, described the deceased as patriotic who dearly oved his party DP and his country Uganda.