Dr. Ssemogerere to be Accorded Official Burial

KAMPALA: President Yoweri Museveni has directed that the former Democratic Party-DP President General Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere be accorded an official funeral.

This was announced on Saturday 19th November 2022 by the Minister in Charge of the Presidency, Milly Babalanda.

According to Babalanda, she is scheduled to hold a meeting with the family to discuss and synchronize the burial arrangements. She declined to divulge further details regarding the presidential directive.

Ssemogerere died on Friday at his home in Rubaga. According to family members, Dr. Ssemogerere had been unwell the past few days but not in a worrying state as per the assessment of his doctor who checked on him Thursday.

Earlier, the family had released the burial program indicating that Ssemogerere’s body will arrive at his Rubaga home on Saturday where the vigil and requiem mass will be held.

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On Sunday, his body will be taken for a requiem mass at Rubaga Cathedral and later another mass at Nkumba. On Monday, he will be laid to rest in Nkumba Entebbe, Waksio district.

Ssemogerere served as President General of the Democratic Party for 25 years after succeeding Benedicto Kiwanuka. He was also a two-time presidential candidate, first in 1980 against former President Milton Obote and in 1996 against the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.
Dr. Ssemogerere was born on 11th February 1932, at Bumangi, Buggala Island, in the Ssese and he was baptized on 18th February of the same year.

In 1940, he started formal education at St. John’s Boys Boarding Primary School. He later joined St. Henry’s College Kitovu’s Primary Section before it was abolished. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere then went to Kisubi Boys where he completed his Primary Leaving Certificate in1946


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In 1947 Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere joined St.Mary’s College KisubiJunior Secondary One. He obtained the SecondaryLeaving Certificate in 1949 and was admitted to Senior Secondary One in 1950. He obtained the Cambridge OverseasSchool Certificate in 1952.

After St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Paul Kawanga Ssemogerereenrolled at Makerere College, then the University College of East Africa, when it was still an affiliate of the University of London. He underwent an Intermediate Course (the equivalent of Higher School Certificate) and, thereafter joined the Faculty of Education for a Diploma in Education (Dip. Ed. EA; 1959) Ssemogerere continued to pursue academics even as he practiced politics and by 1979, he had obtained a PhD in Public Administration for a New York University.

He took over leadership of the DP in 1972 while parties were under proscription by the military government, and officially became its president general after the fall of Idi Amin in 1979. Ssemogerere contested for president in December 1980, in the disputed election that led to the Luwero bush war as many believed he had been robbed of his victory. But he did not join the armed rebellion and instead went into Parliament to lead the opposition.

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After the fall of the Obote 2 government, Ssemogerere served as minister in the subsequent governments, until 1995 when he resigned in readiness to contest for presidency in the 1996 polls that were won by Yoweri Museveni.


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