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John Ssebaana Kizito

John Ssebaana Kizito
Born 1934 (age 80–81)
Residence Muyenga, Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University (BA)
University of Oregon (MA)
Occupation Economist & Politician
Years active 1962 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Bombo
Religion Anglicanism

John Ssebaana Kizito (born 1934) is 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 is reported to be one of the wealthiest people in Uganda, having sizable holdings in real estate and insurance.[1]


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • See also 3
  • Succession tables 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


He attended Kings College Budo and is a graduate of Makerere University. In 1960, He graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Economics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.


John Ssebaana Kizito is one of the few veteran politicians in Uganda, with his political career going as far back as pre-independence Uganda. He has therefore surprisingly served and survived as a civil servant and politician in several of Uganda’s eras of tyranny and political turmoil, including under Idi Amin, Milton Obote, and the current Museveni’s National Resistance Movement government.

In 1960, he served as a National Executive Officer. He served as 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 National Insurance Corporation. In 1980, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency, winning 90% of the votes. 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. It will be put to record that all his allowances from Parliament where shared with the DP party.

He was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, serving on the assembly as a member representing 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 as Mayor of Kampala, Uganda's capital city, replacing Nasser Sebaggala in 1999 and being replaced by Nasser Sebaggala in 2006. John Ssebaana Kizito was the Democratic Party's candidate in the 23 February 2006 presidential election.[2]

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 serves as Chairman of the Board and Kiwanuka serves as the Managing Director.[3][4]

See also

Succession tables

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


  1. ^ Michael Kanaabi, and Ssebidde Kiryowa (6 January 2012). "Uganda: The Deepest Pockets".  
  2. ^ Mukiibi Sserunjogi Eriasa, . (4 June 2012). "Ssebaana Kizito".  
  3. ^ SWICO, . (2014). "News: John Ssebaana Kizito Celebrates 80th Birthday".  
  4. ^ Muwanga, David (28 May 2006). "SWICO Trains New Staff".  

External links

  • DP Uganda Homepage at the Wayback Machine (archived March 21, 2004)
  • Ssebaana Celebrates 80th Birthday (Luganda)
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