How did Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere die? Former DP President cause of death Explained

How did Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere die? Former DP President cause of death Explained

Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, a former presidential candidate and a legend of pro-democracy, has passed away. Let’s see in detail about his cause of death and How did he die?.

How did Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere die?

Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, a former leader of the DP, has passed away. At the age of 90, the president of the Democratic Party with the longest tenure passed away. He reportedly passed away this morning at his home in the Busiro county, though the exact cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere cause of death

The reason of death has not yet been disclosed.

However, it appears that little can be spoken at this moment until the family issues a formal statement regarding the situation. As always, once this news is verified, we will look into it and notify you.

We must thus wait till the family members have had the time and space to absorb this enormous loss.

Once we get enough data, we will update the page. We’ll soon provide more details regarding Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere’s cause of death.

Who was Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere?

He was born on February 11th, 1932, in the Buganda region’s Kalangala district.

Benedicto Kiwanuka’s replacement as Democratic Party leader in 1972 was Ssemogerere, who had previously been his Parliamentary Secretary.

Ssemogerere was exiled after the coup in 1971 and didn’t return until 1979, when he was appointed minister of labor.

Ssemogerere Political Journey

The Democratic Party was led by Ssemogerere in the fiercely contested 1980 general election, which Milton Obote’s UPC party ultimately won.

The outcome was contested by Ssemogerere and DP stalwarts.

A civil war broke out in Uganda as a result of the disagreement, and several political figures—including Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a minister at the time—took to the bush to topple the Obote administration. For this reason, Museveni established the People’s Resistance Army (PRA), which would eventually change its name to the National Resistance Army (NRA).

Under his Uganda People’s Movement, Museveni had also run in the general election (UPM).

Breakaway DP party member Andrew Kayiira, who led his UFM (Uganda Freedom Movement) in a comparable conflict, was among those who disagreed with the outcome.

According to reports, Ssemogerere opposed using force to retaliate against the “theft” of his triumph. Ssemogerere, a steadfast supporter of democracy and open communication, frequently expressed worry that a war would claim lives while doing little to address the miscommunications plaguing the political elite at the time.

Ssemogerere chose to contest the election outcome in court, creating a precedent that is still in effect today. From 1981 to 1985, he served as the opposition leader in the Ugandan parliament.

Ssemogerere as Internal Affairs minister

Before Museveni’s NRA fought their way to Kampala, the capital city, in January, the 1981–1986 “Liberation War” would reportedly claim the lives of 300,000 Ugandans.

Ssemogerere served as Interior Minister in Museveni’s administration from 1986 to 1988 as the NRA leader worked to mend the fractures that had almost caused the country to fall apart. Years later, Norbert Mao, the current president of the DP, would use this example to support his claim that he should serve as minister of justice and constitutional affairs in 2022 while still leading the party.

Ssemogerere would later hold a number of roles in the Museveni administration while pushing for a return to multiparty politics by filing multiple legal challenges.

Ssemogerere struggle

Prior to challenging Museveni for the presidency in the general election in 1996, he would permanently depart the government in 1995. His second run for president would be unsuccessful.

During his 25-year reign, Ssemogerere tried to keep an increasingly fractured DP together before stepping down in 2005. John Ssebana Kizito, a longstanding friend and supporter who would later become the mayor of Kampala, would follow him.

After the legendary DP founder Benedicto Kiwanuka was assassinated in 1972, Ssemogerere took over. In October 1962, Uganda became independent from British colonial rule thanks in large part to Kiwanuka, its first prime minister.

Ssemogerere, a devoted Catholic

Ssemogerere, a devoted Catholic, regularly attended Rubaga Cathedral every Sunday and had a seat reserved in the front. In fact, when the Ssemogerere passed out on Sunday, October 28, 2018, during a Sunday Mass, it was at a religious gathering that the general public first learnt about his deteriorating health. He was transported to Rubaga Hospital, where he fully recovered.

After retiring, Ssemogerere’s Mengo home turned into almost a place of pilgrimage for opposition politicians seeking his counsel and blessing as they opposed President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s longtime ruler. Dr. Kizza Besigye, the founder of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), both of whom paid Ssemogerere a visit a week ago, sought his advice.

Tribute to Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere

IPODUganda said,

A condolence message from IPOD on the passing of Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere. @DPSecretariat1 @FDCOfficial1 @jeema256 @NRMOnline @UPC_Since1960 @FrankRusa

Spectre Media Uganda said,

Former DP President Dr Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere has died.May his soul rest in peace #ssemogerere #DP

Ava Maria said,

Former presidential candidate and pro-democracy icon Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere is dead. Ssemogerere aged 90 years of age and has been unwell for a long time. He died at around 4am on Friday at his home in Rubaga Division in Kampala. RIP.

Katoogo Venus M said,

As we remember our brothers and sisters who were killed on this day in 2020 on orders of the junta, we also celebrate the life of an exemplary peaceful politician Ho. Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere. You all rest in peace.

Emily Akullu said,

RIP OUR MOST ELDER; DR. PAUL KAWANGA SSEMOGERERE. We thnk God 4 a life so well, & descently lived. Ur Legacy reigns. Sending U a flowr in appreciation of your good deeds: Political Triumph. Condolences to the bereaved, most especially my Economics Lecturer; Dr. Ssemogerere (Mrs.)

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