Former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye has eulogised Al Hajj Nasser Ntege Sebaggala as a good natured man, who wished others (especially, the less able) well and shared what he had generously.
Sebaggala, a former Mayor of Kampala City, in Uganda died on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the age of 72.
In a post on his social media handles, Besigye who also doubles as the ‘People’s President’ said Sebaggala who became a leading and articulate voice of Uganda’s marginalised young people, was not only witty, creative, courageous and charismatic but was also very difficult to annoy.
“Though he stumbled in later years, he has left a big mark on Uganda’s liberation struggle,” Besigye said.
” Inna lillahi wa Inna illayhi raj’un,” he added.
Born on November 15, 1947, Sebaggala, also known as Seya was the first born of his father’s 27 children that include the current Kawempe North MP Latif Sebaggala.
– Besigye-Sebaggala Connection –
Two months after winning the Kampala mayor race in 1998, Sebaggala was arrested in the United States, in June 1998, and faced eight counts of fraud and lying to American customs officials.
He was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in jail in February 1999. When he returned to Uganda in February 2000, crowds of his supporters paralysed the stretch from the airport in Entebbe to Kampala, and a deadly accident when a lorry rammed into the crowd claimed a number of lives.
Sebaggala, however, could not get nominated to run for president because the examinations body said he lacked the requisite academic qualifications, which led him to throw his weight behind Dr. Kizza Besigye, who had just emerged on the scene to challenge President Museveni.
Sebaggala’s supporters poured onto the streets, chanting Hajji alagidde, alagidde, tuwe Besigye obululu…. (Hajj has directed that we vote for Besigye).
– Burial Arrangements –
According to a family source, the late Nasser Ntege Sebaggala will be buried on Sunday October 4. This is being done to fulfill a will by the deceased to have all his children present at his burial. 14 of the children are in the United States of America.
In the meantime, Africa Tembelea understands that the family will prior to the burial date hold prayer sessions at their ancestral home in kikulu, Kisasi every day from 4 to 6 pm in memory of the deceased.