John Ssebaana Kizito

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John Ssebaana Kizito
Born12 September 1934
Died3 July 2017(2017-07-03) (aged 82)
Alma materMakerere University (Bachelor of Arts)
University of Oregon (Master of Arts)
OccupationEconomist & politician
Years active1962 – 2016
Home townBombo

John Ssebaana Kizito (12 September 1934[1] - 3 July 2017) was a Ugandan businessman, economist and politician. He was the president of the Democratic Party (DP) in Uganda from 2005 to 2010. Kizito 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.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Ssebaana was born in Mpande Village, Luweero District, in Uganda's Central Region on 12 September 1934.[1] He attended Kings College Budo and was a graduate of Makerere University. In 1960, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in the U.S.[3]


Kizito'a political career began before Uganda became an independent country. He was a civil servant and politician in several of Uganda’s eras of tyranny and political turmoil, including under Idi Amin, Milton Obote, and President Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement government.

In 1960, he served as a national executive officer. Upon returning from the U.S. in October 1962, he became an investment executive at the Uganda Development Corporation, the holding company that managed all government-owned enterprises.[4]

After independence, he was a member of the East African Legislative Assembly, an arm of the East African Community, from 1967 until 1977. From 1977 until 1980, he served as the chairman of the National Insurance Corporation. In 1980, he was elected a member of parliament for the Kampala South Constituency, winning 90 percent of the vote. He was the shadow minister of foreign affairs between 1981 until 1985 and was acting leader of the opposition in 1983.

He served as minister of cooperatives and marketing from 1985 until 1987, as minister of regional cooperation from 1987 until 1988, and as minister of housing and urban development from 1989 until 1991.

He was a member of the Constituent Assembly that wrote the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, representing the Makindye East Constituency. From 1994 to 1995, he served as chairman of the National Caucus of Democracy.

Between 1998 and 2006, he was twice elected mayor of Kampala, Uganda's capital city, replacing Nasser Sebaggala in 1999 and being replaced by Sebaggala in 2006.

Kizito was the Democratic Party's unsuccessful candidate in the 2006 presidential election.[5]


In 1982, John Ssebaana Kizito, together with a business associate, Joseph William Kiwanuka, established Uganda’s first private (non-government) insurance company, Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO), for which Ssebaana served as Chairman of the Board and Kiwanuka serves as the Managing Director.[6][7]


Ssebaana died on 3 July 2017 at Nakasero Hospital, in Kampala, where he was admitted two weeks prior, following a stroke.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b KCC (2005). "Kampala City Handbook: 2005/2006: John Ssebaana Kizito 1934". Kampala: Kampala City Council (KCC). Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ Michael Kanaabi, and Ssebidde Kiryowa (6 January 2012). "Uganda: The Deepest Pockets". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ Kizza, Joseph (3 July 2017). "Former DP leader Ssebaana Kizito dies". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  4. ^ Sserunjogi, Eriasa Mukiibi (4 June 2012). "Ssebaana Kizito". The Independent (Rwanda). Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. ^ Mukiibi Sserunjogi Eriasa (4 June 2012). "Ssebaana Kizito". The Independent (Uganda). Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ SWICO (2014). "News: John Ssebaana Kizito Celebrates 80th Birthday". Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ Muwanga, David (28 May 2006). "SWICO Trains New Staff". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ Damali Mukhaye, Siraje Lubwama (3 July 2017). "DP's Ssebaana Kizito dies". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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Preceded by
Paul Ssemogerere
President of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Norbert Mao
Preceded by
Nasser Sebaggala
Mayor of Kampala
Succeeded by
Nasser Sebaggala