The opposition Democratic Party DP) has mourned the passing of former Kampala City Mayor, Al Hajji Naser Ntege Ssebagala who breathed his last at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) on Saturday morning.
“We are saddened by the death of Al Hajji Naser Ntege Ssebagala, former Mayor of Kampala City. We convey our condolences to his family and indeed to the entire country upon this great loss,” said DP President Nobert Mao in a statement.
“We pay tribute to the late Hajji Ssebagala for his business acumen which saw him rise to be one of Uganda’s most enterprising and successful businessmen. We in the Democratic Party also celebrate his contribution in energising the party at a time when parties were virtually banned. Hajji Ssebagala was a formidable Democrat who inspired and supported the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) in all their activities,” Mao added.
Furthermore, the DP President noted that the deceased’s brand of politics endeared him to those referred to as the “wretched of the earth.”
He also applauded the late for mobilizing the urban poor with a clear message of hope as he inspired them to aspire and flight for a better life, adding that he was a true champion of the downtrodden commonly known as “omuntu wa wansi.”
“Even when he left the Democratic Party, he remained friendly and supportive to the cause of Truth and Justice. There is no better tribute we can give to Hajji Ssebagala than to strive for an inclusive economy where no citizen is left behind,” Mao concluded.
Ssebagala had declared his ambitions to once again contest for the Kampala Lord Mayoral position in the 2021 general elections, a seat he once held.
“Seya” as he was commonly known, had announced that he would stand as Kampala Lord Mayor on the National Unity Platform (NUP)/ People Power ticket.
The late Ssebagala’s younger brother and Kawempe North Legislator Latif Ssebagala said on Saturday morning that the deceased will be laid to rest on Sunday.
He was 72 at the time of his death.