Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, who used to be president of the DP, has died. The Democratic Party president who was in office the longest has died. He was 90 years old. He is said to have died this morning at his home in Busiro county, but the cause of death has not yet been found. The general election in 1980 was very close, but Milton Obote’s UPC party won. Ssemogerere was the leader of the Democratic Party.
The disagreement led to a civil war in Uganda, during which politicians like Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was a minister at the time, went into the bush to get rid of the Obote government. Museveni started the People’s Resistance Army (PRA), which became the National Resistance Army (NRA) later on.
How Did Dr Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere Die?
Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, who ran for president in the past and was a legend for supporting democracy, has died. His family says that Ssemogerere, who had been sick for a while, died at his home in the Rubaga Division of Kampala at about 4 a.m. on Friday. He was 90 years old.
John Baptist Kawana, the younger brother of the former president-general of the Democratic Party (DP), said Friday morning that Ssemogerere’s condition got worse on Thursday around 10 p.m., right before his doctor was called to check on him and then left.
“However, he was shaky all night until early Friday morning, when he got out of the shower and fell asleep in his bed after coming back from the bathroom. A few minutes later, it was said that he was dead. A former member of parliament for Masaka Municipality told the media at his brother’s house in Rubaga Division. His body has been taken to Rubaga Hospital so that an autopsy can be done. The date for his burial in Nkumba, Busiro county, has not been set yet.
“Because he was the head of our family, we all grew up under his care. We have ancestors from Ssesse island, but he will be buried in Nkumba, Busiro county, where we all grew up,” John Baptist Kawanga added.
Who is Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere?
Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, a politician from Uganda, served as the Democratic Party’s head for 25 years and, up until his retirement in 2005, was a significant figure in national politics. On February 11, 1932, Ssemogerere was born in Uganda’s Buganda Region (currently the Kalangala District). He completed his high school education at St. Henry’s College Kitovu.
Demise of political leader Dr.Paul Kawanga #Ssemogerere (add likes of mzee Boniface Byanyima,Yona Kanyomozi,Mayanja Nkangi etc) represents the end of an epoch of honest,incorruptible,committed, patriotic and consistent leaders Uganda ever had. Not our modern day wheeler dealers. pic.twitter.com/Kok5BZNa7l
— Jimmy Kiberu (@KiberuJimmy) November 19, 2022
A diploma in education was awarded to him by Makerere University in Kampala. In Meadville, Pennsylvania, he attended Allegheny College to pursue a degree in politics and government. At Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in public administration in 1979.
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Ssemogerere was chosen to represent the North Mengo Constituency in the Uganda Legislative Council from 1961 to 1962 and then the National Assembly of Uganda. He worked as Benedicto Kiwanuka’s Parliamentary Secretary before succeeding him as the Democratic Party’s leader in 1972. Ssemogerere was exiled after the coup in 1971 and didn’t return until 1979 when he was appointed minister of labor.
Paul Ssemogerere became the Democratic Party’s leader in 1980. In 1984, Okeny Atwoma was defeated in his bid for reelection as the leader. Okay, Atwoma founded the Nationalist Liberal Party with former minister Anthony Ochaya, Cuthbert Joseph Obwangor, and Francis Bwenge in response to Atwoma’s unsuccessful challenge.
Ssemogerere ran for president in the contested 1980 general elections, which Milton Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress ultimately won. From 1981 until 1985, Ssemogerere served as the opposition’s legislative leader. In Tito Okello’s administration, he was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs (1985–86).