NUP President Robert Sentamu kyagulanyi has praised the late Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebagala on his great leadership and opening the door for lower class people to partake in the country’s developments and leadership as hundreds of people gathered in Kisaasi Ssebagala’s ancestral home to send him off on Sunday.
“He gave us confidence and to believe in ourselves, he was a selfless, leader who even after loosing out on presidential elections called on Ugandans to vote for change in the next presidential elections, “After losing in the polls he said, Hajji Alagide.(hajj has Ordered) and you all know before his death, hajji had ordered for the voting of change in leadership” he said.
Mr kyagulanyi urged the grief stricken mourners and people countrywide to keep in memory all the values that the Ssebagala
“Hajji opened our eyes, I stand strong because there was a man who came from a humble background to become one of the country’s greatest men not only as a leader in politics but also a great businessman” he added.
Kyagulani was among the different politicians and dignitaries that included Moses Ali the First Deputy Prime Minister, third deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja and Al Hajji Prof. Twaha Kawasi 1st Deputy Prime Minister of the Buganda Kingdom who eulogized the late Ssebagala who died at 72 years of age last Saturday.
Ssebagala’s heir, Nasser Abdul Gamar Sebaggala said a few weeks prior to his demise his father asked him to drive him to Magere to meet Mr Kyagulanyi.
“We were warmly welcomed and I left them to have their meeting, after the meeting I asked him what he saw in Mr Kyagulanyi, he said “Kyagulanyi away from being a politician he is a people person” Gamar narrated.
Mr Duda Muhammad Lubwama another son to the late said their father taught them to accept everyone and taught them never to discriminate anyone by race or religion.
“I ask the Islamic leaders to forgive our father for the delay in his burial since it was a request in his dying will to have all his children to be present at his burial but we were constrained because of the Covid 19 regularities. We ask everyone to burry all the hatchets anybody had with him” he said.
Nuru Nakku Ssebagala the eldest child who last saw the late in January while preparing her daughter for a trip due for a project with the late Ssebbagala said their father always urged them to keep united despite their indifferences at any one time.
Latif Ssebagala a younger brother to the deceased said Lord mayor Erias Lukwago has ordered for the renaming of Duster Street to SSebagala.
Hajji Abbey Kimbugwe who was a close friend to the deceased for almost 50 years whom he met in 1970 and later turned out to be his best man at his wedding said Ssebagala was a selfless man.
“He was a close friend who I could confide in my plans and he would also confide his plans in me, its really sad that that I have lost a friend who I have been close with, seen him raise his family with and was even a signatory to his will” he added.
However while delivering his speech, minister Kirunda Kivenjija was booed by mourners after a bad joke that didn’t go down well with mourners, when in talked about bad leadership in the past which could even arrests presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi at such an event.
The late Ssebagala succumbed to intestinal obstruction injuries at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) following a three weeks admission after sustaining injuries from a bathroom fall in his Munyonyo residence.
Following his admission, doctors at IHK revealed he was diagnosed with intussusception; a condition in which one segment of intestine inverts within another, causing an intestinal obstruction.
He was subsequently subjected to an emergency surgery which was successfully performed. He, however, did not recover well until he was pronounced dead last saturday.
Ssebaggala, a former member of the Democratic Party had recently returned to the political scene when he sought the endorsement of the People Power pressure group to contest for the position of Kampala Lord Mayor, for yet another turn. He said he was considering a comeback to offer his experience in supporting programmes to eradicate poverty and unemployment among the youths in the capital.
Prior to this move, Sebaggala had served as an advisor to President Yoweri Museveni in 2012. However, he said he had tendered in his resignation to the president in pursuit for what he referred to as an opportunity for bigger national service to Ugandans.
The seasoned politician came to the limelight in the late 90s’ when he won the race for the mayor of Kampala beating Wasswa Biriggwa and Christopher Yiga. However, he did not complete his term of office after he was arrested in the United States of America on charges of making false statements, bank fraud, and transporting altered securities.
To Many Ugandans, after crisscrossing from several political parties, and settling in the NRM, Sebaggala was due for retirement. However, Sebaggala said that politicians don’t retire, they only take a rest and return whenever necessary to offer leadership.
Rest In Power #Ssebagala
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