Uganda Friday morning woke up to the death of yet another distinguished member of the Opposition.
Dr. Paul Semogerere died early on Friday morning, his family said.
A number of Ugandans have come out and expressed their condolences but also recall how they knew the strong Democratic Party man.
According to UPC’s Joseph Ochieno, he met Ssemogerere in 1980 at Mwiri.
“Then 1992 in London for a CBI conference. Finally in 1995 hosted in London at the insistence of Dr. Obote. Regrets that the visit to discuss DP role in the 1980s politics, their enabling NRA links and his take on the future never was. RIP,” Ochieno says.
Veteran lawyer, Elly Karuhanga, described Ssemogerere as “A genuine,respectable, iconic nationalist whom I had the privilege to engage in impassioned,stimulating &intellectual political debates that pointed to the future direction of our country.”
What a loss!, Karuhanga adds.
Prominent lawyer, David Mpanga, says that the country has lost a statesman. Mpanga went on to reveal that “I had the privilege of drinking from the well of his wisdom.”
I admired his intellect and humility. Blessed are the peacemakers, Mpanga added.
MP Abed Bwanika says Ssemogerere “served this nation with excellence and distinctions.”
“Your contribution remains outstanding and a mentor to millions. You deserve a space in the hall of fame. Rest well.”
Opposition politician, Dr. Kizza Besigye Ssemogerere has gone to rest.
“Uganda’s leading icon of struggle for democracy &good governance has gone to rest! Never rested; never got discouraged; never got bitter; never lost his gentle smile…till this morning. What a loss at a most demanding time! Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends.”
NUP Spokesman and MP, Joel Ssenyonyi, says Ssemogerere was such “a towering figure in our country’s politics, we shall miss your voice of reason and your quest for change.”
Emmanuel Dombo, the NRM Director for Communication had this to say:
“We have learnt with sadness about death of Hon Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, President Gen Emeritus of the DP, former Cabinet Minister, LOP and MP. Our condolences to the bereaved family and may his soul rest in peace.”
The NUp Principal, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine described Friday as “a very dark day” and that “Words cannot describe this loss.”
“Mzee Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere stands tall amongst the giants of history. May his legacy live forever.”
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