Late Mathias Nsubuga with FDC's Nathan Nandala Mafabi and UPC's Lawrence Okae after an Ipod meeting at FDC recently
The death of Hon. Mathias Nsubuga the opposition Democratic Party (DP) Secretary General has left many Ugandans and members of the diaspora very shocked reckoning what has been seen to be enormous contributions to growth of democracy that he made during his political career.
The late Mathias Nsubuga was born on November 26, 1956 to Vitale Waswa and Matilida Meeme in Kiseka Sub County, Masaka in present day Lwengo District.
Nsubuga finished his Primary level from Kanuzu Primary School and later joined Bukalasa Seminary from which he enrolled at Seeta College where he qualified in Financial Accounting in 1979.
Luckily, immediately after college, Mathias Nsubuga started his work with the now defunct Uganda Airlines from 1979 to 1986, where he rose to senior positions handling in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
He later left to serve as chairman of Makindu Growers until 1997.
Between 1998 and 2005, Nsubuga served as a political assistant to Ssebana Kizito the then Mayor of Kampala City Council.
It is said that right from his youth, Nsubuga was a political activist who championed Democracy and fought the dictatorship of Idi Amin. This he did at a time he was still working as an employee of Uganda Airlines.
After the 1980 elections, Nsubuga ran into exile in Nairobi where he joined the forces that were fighting the Milton Obote government and he worked closely with the National Resistance Movement after they took over government in 1986.
Nsubuga served as a Member of Parliament representing Bukoto South for two terms from 2006 to 2016 where he also served as a DP whip in Parliament.
The late lost to Mohammad Muyanja Mbabali of NRM in the recently concluded general elections whose victory is under contestation for several elections irregularities.
Nsubuga was appointed DP Secretary General in 2008 replacing Lulume Bayiga who was the acting Secretary General after fights that saw the party dividing up into different factions.
He was later elected by the party delegates in Mbale in 2009 for the same position. The later was recently reelected for the same position in 2015 by the delegates in Katomi in which he has served to the time of his death.
By the time of his death, Nsubuga has been the Chairman of the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) and a member of the National Consultative Forum (NCF), a body that brings together all political parties in the country.
One of his last assignments was pushing for Electoral Reforms where as a chairman of IPOD, he has pushed for several meeting with different political party presidents including meeting President Museveni at State House in July this year.
Nsubuga died on Sunday 18th at around 8pm at Case Hospital after suffering a stroke. He is survived by a widow, Mrs. Jennifer Nsubuga and 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls.