Politician Ssemogerere dead

Former Democratic Party president and two-time presidential candidate Dr Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere has died aged 90.

His close friend and Wakiso district chairperson, Matia Bwanika, confirmed his death on Friday, November 18 that Dr Ssemogerere who twice contested for Presidency and led DP for over 25 years died early Friday at his home in Rubaga.

Dr. Paul Ssemogerere
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“He got a kind of attack of vomiting; he failed to vomit and fell down and died abruptly this morning.

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However, Boom Uganda understands that since Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere collapsed during a church service at Rubaga Cathedral lately, his life has never been the same again.

Who is Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere?

Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere (born 11 February 1932) in present-day Kalangala District, was the leader of the Democratic Party in Uganda for 25 years and one of the main players in Ugandan politics until his retirement in 2005.

Background

Ssemogerere was born on 11 February 1932, in Uganda. He attended St. Henry’s College Kitovu for his high school. He received a Diploma in Education from Makerere University in Kampala.

He studied the Politics and Government Program at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 1979 he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Family

Ssemogerere is married to Germina Namatovu Ssemogerere,a Professor of Economics at Makerere University. Their children include Grace Nabatanzi (1963–2011), who married Gerald Ssendaula. Karoli Ssemogerere an American trained lawyer, Anna Namakula a public policy analyst with the Foundation for African Development, Immaculate Kibuuka a fashion designer and Paul Semakula an ICT Consultant. He is a member of the Roman Catholic religion.

Political Mission
1961–62 Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister Benedicto Kiwanuka
1963–69 Publicity Secretary Democratic Party
1979–81 Member National Consultative Council
1981–85 Leader of the Official Opposition
1984–94 Vice President Christian Democratic International
1985–88 Minister of Internal Affairs
1988–90 Chair OAU Council of Ministers
1988–94 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Regional Affairs
1994–95 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service
1999 Brought the first of 5 landmark cases that outlawed the Movement System and set stage for return of Political Parties to Uganda.

2005 Retired as DP President to private business.
2011 Honored as Sabasaba 2011 by Sabasaba Flame Award, for being an all time pro-Democracy and peace politician
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