By the time of his death former DP president John Ssebaana Kizito was not happy with developments in the party, a close friend has told Chimpreports.
Ssebaana died on Monday at Nakasero hospital.
Speaking to this website at the deceased’s home in Kansanga, Henry Bazira Ssewanyana, a close friend to the former Kampala mayor said he could not believe the direction the party was taking.
“It is appalling DP is not cohesive. He had the slogan of it being the brain power and that is what he wished for the party,” Ssewanyana said on Tuesday.
The country’s oldest party is facing tough times due to divisions that led to creation of 2 parties within one, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze leading one and party President Norbert Mao the other.
The former MP for the then Masaka South West said he met Kizito while at Makerere university in 1958 and that they always shared seats at the dining hall.
Ssewanyana described the deceased as one who lived up to his party slogan.
“He was a true embodiment of truth and justice. He was hardworking and firm on his beliefs. “
He added that even in his sickness, Ssebaana remained focused on seeing his party take mantle of Uganda’s leadership.
“It is absurd that the Democratic Party that he always wanted and mentioned was not achieved.”
Nambooze’s faction accuses the mainstream DP of being in bed with the ruling NRM party and failing to make necessary reforms that would see the party take power.
President Museveni recently applauded some members in the opposition party including Fred Mbidde as being ‘Good DP’ whereas he termed those hostile to him as the ‘Bad DP’
Ssebaana Kizito who succumbed to stroke at Nakasero hospital will be laid to rest on Saturday in Luweero.