In Memoriam 2017: Notable People We Lost This Year

In 2017, a lot of lives were lost, and these included people we went out with, relatives and those we had forgotten about.

But there are those people whose death affected and shocked the nation, either because of the way they happened or because of the time at which they happened.

Below we list them

AIGP Felix Kaweesi

On march 17, 2017, the nation came to a standstill at around 9:30am as people learnt of the brutal death of one of the most loved and known policemen.

He was shot alongside his 2 body guards, just 100 metres from his home in Kulambiro, Nakawa Division in Kampala.

His assailants up to this time are still uknown.

Ivan Ssemwanga


He was flamboyant businessman and socialite who died on May 25, 2017.

Ivan Ssemwanga, while in South Africa became critically ill and was rushed to a South African hospital where he died after a few days.

Ssemwanga, the ex-husband to socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan is said to have died at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria South Africa.

The most memorable thing about his death was the expensive burial preparations to the extent of being buried with money and alcohol.

Ssebana Kizito

He was a Veteran politician and a former Democratic Party (DP) President and property mogul.

He died on July 2.

Ssebaana who also served as Kampala city mayor died at Nakasero hospital where he was admitted for two weeks following a stroke which hit him damaging some right part of the body including the brain.

Born in 1934, Ssebaana was the DP President from 2005 to 2010. He was also was a member of the University Council of Ndejje University.

He was reported to be one of the wealthiest people in Uganda, having sizable holdings in real estate and insurance.

Maria Mutagamba

She was a former minister of tourism in the Ugandan government Maria Mutagamba died of liver cancer at Case Clinic in Kampala.

She was 64.

It is understood she had been undergoing treatment at the health facility for two weeks.

Mutagamba served as tourism minister from 2012 to 2016, before being replaced by Ephraim Kamuntu.

Besides her vast ministerial experience, she also previously served in parliament as Rakai Woman MP.

Before taking the mantle at the tourism, wildlife and antiquities ministry, the Rakai-born minister served as minister of water and environment from 2011 to 2012.

Issa Kikungwe

He was a former Member of Parliament of Kyadondo County South who died at Mengo hospital in Kampala.

Hajji Kikungwe Issa was also the national treasure for Democratic Party.

Keturah Kamugasa

A fashion critic at the New Vision, Lydia Keturah Kamugasa passed on recently at the International Hospital Kampala.

The 50-year-old was a regular fashion columnist with the New Vision newspaper and was also editor of Bride and Groom and Flair for Her magazines.

Kamugasa died just days after the burial of her colleague Peter Busomoke.

Peter Busomoke.

He was a photojournalist at the New Vision.

At the age of 67, Bamusoke succumbed to diabetes at Kiruddu Hospital in Makindye, a Kampala suburb.

In Uganda, Busomoke worked for the Economy Newspaper, which was owned by Maj Gen Kakooza Mutale in the 1980s.

He also worked as a correspondent for reputable international agencies such as Reuters, AFP and was at Daily Monitor before he joined New Vision.

The media fraternity to which Busomoke belonged have described him on various platforms as a passionate and relentless professional who will be remembered for his coverage of the first Congo war between 1996-1997.

Leticia Kikonyogo

She was a former Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ).

She passed on at Mulago Medical School after suffering a heart attack.

According to family members, Justice Kikonyogo had been rushed to Mulago Medical School after she developed complications at home. She was 77. Before she was taken to Mulago, she was first rushed to Namulundu health centre in Kajjansi and later referred to Mulago after she failed to respond to to first aid.

The deceased has held various positions of responsibility in both the Catholic Church and the Judiciary.

She was the first Uganda woman magistrate Grade I in 1971-1973; the first woman Chief Magistrate between 1973 and 1986; the first woman to be appointed High court judge in 1986 and also sat on the Court of Appeal.

She was later appointed the first woman Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda. In the Catholic Church, she was appointed as a Papal Dame by Pope Benedict XVI.

She was one of the first ever women papal knights in the history of the Catholic Church in Africa.

UPDF soldiers killed in Somalia

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia  killed over 12 UPDF soldiers in an ambush on African Union troops in the country’s south in late July this year.

The insurgents claimed to have killed 39 African Union troops in that ambush.

The attack took place at Gorowen between Bulumaler and Beladamini in Lower Shabelle region about 140Kms South West of Mogadishu.


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