Former presidential candidate, leader of Uganda’s oldest political party DP and Kampala mayor, John Sebaana Kizito 83 has died.

Born in 1934, Kizito became a well-known figure in politics and business. Ssebaana will be remembered as a shrewd individual who has done politics and business successfully at the same time. He is the first and only Anglican to lead DP and will also be remembered for adding “Brain Power” to DP slogans.

He attended Ndejje Junior and Ndejje Senior School before joining Kings College Budo for A-level. In 1955, he joined Makerere University and obtained a degree in Economics, before joining the University of Oregon in the US for a Masters degree in Economics.

In 1963, he won a scholarship to study his second degree in the US and joined the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

A year later he joined Crusader Insurance and the following year worked at the National Insurance Corporation (NIC).

In 1980, Sebaana was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency and in 1982 was elected DP treasurer.

In 1982, Ssebaana, together with a business associate, set up Uganda’s first private (non-government) insurance company, Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO).

At his death, Ssebaana owned a trend of businesses in and around Kampala.