Thursday, 27 July 2017


Rotary International’s Sam Owori dies.

Sam Frobisher Owori, a Ugandan National who was scheduled to become the next President of Rotary International passed away on Friday in the United States.

Owori would have been the first Ugandan and second African to lead the global organization dedicated to serving communities.

He was due to start work as Rotary president for year 2018-2019.

Members of the Rotary fraternity have paid pay their last respects to deceased senior Rotarian Sam Owori. They eulogized him as a selfless, humble and incorruptible man. 
Owori who passed away on 13th July in the US, was to set to be installed as the second African to head Rotary International.
Norah Owori, the late Rotarian's widow, challenged fellow Rotarians to fulfill Owori's vision of growing the Rotary fellowship in Uganda and the world. 

By Lilian Namagembe
Rotary International president-elect, Sam Owori has died.
Owori is said to have died in the US due to complications after he had a leg operation.
President Rotary International 2017-18, Ian H.S. Riseley confirmed the news saying Owori had died.
“Sam had undergone some surgery in Texas that he had been planning for some time, and there were post-operative complications from which he couldn’t recover. I will provide appropriate details when they are known. In this time of great loss, I ask you to keep Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts,” Mr Riseley in a statement.
He further noted details on Owori’s funeral arrangements will be communicated later.
“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss. From the perspective of Rotary administration, we in Evanston are looking at what needs to be done as a result of Sam’s passing,” he added.
Owori was on in August 2016 nominated to head Rotary International as president for year 2018-2019.
A professional banker, Owori was the first past district governor of the Rotary Club 9200 and the second African to be nominated to Rotary International, a body responsible for the administration, policy formulation and financial control of Rotary clubs worldwide.
He was going to be installed this year in Toronto.
After his election, Owori said he saw in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." 
As president, he planned to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Before he was elected as Rotary president, Owori was chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. 
Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. 
He studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori had served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. 
He was also a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee.
Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee, according to the Rotary website.
Owori was reportedly a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.

Evanston, Illinois, United States | ROTARY INTERNATIONALRotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on July 13 due to complications from surgery.
Owori ‘s term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018, according the Rotary International website Owori was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.
“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Owori said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”
Under Owori ’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years.
Owori was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has also served as corporation secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

Parliament on Tuesday paid a special tribute to the fallen Rotary International President Elect Sam Frobisher Owori.
The body of the late arrived in the country Tuesday morning aboard Turkish Airlines.
George Makdowa the Turkish Airlines manager sales and marketing at Entebbe airport told Daily Monitor the body failed to arrive in time because the casket was too heavy for the passenger flight which would have flown directly from Istanbul to Entebbe airport.
Owori’s body was not embalmed in the U.S. Instead it was frozen. It was later embalmed at Mulago department of anatomy.
Today, the body laid in state at parliament where legislators paid tributes to him.
The special sitting was chaired by deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, who also laid a wreath on the casket containing the remains of late Owori.
The Prime Minister Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion to honour the late Owori who died in US while undergoing surgery on 13th July 2017.
In his justification for the motion, Rugunda described Owori as an accomplished gentleman who was set to assume the top leadership of the global Rotary fraternity as its international President in July 2018.
He would have been the second African, and first Ugandan to ascend to this position in Rotary’s 110 year history.
A distinguished banker, economist and lawyer, Owori was a man of impeccable integrity and humility, Rugunda said.
“He demonstrated discipline and professionalism in the many responsibilities he held during his illustrious career.”
He added: “The pouring in of moving tributes from people of all walks of life, from ordinary people to top leaders from all over the world is testimony to the kind of man Sam was.”
On Wednesday, Rotarians will gather at Lugogo Cricket Oval to pay their last respects.
On Thursday, there will be a requiem service at Namirembe Cathedral before the body is taken to Tororo District.
On Friday the body goes to his home in Kidera Tororo District and burial will take place on Saturday.

Samuel Frobisher Owori, a celebrated Banker and top Ugandan Rotarian who was recently elected President of Rotary International for the term 2018-19 has died.
Owori died in Dallas, Texas in the United States according to a close friend, who spoke to us anonymously.
He has been a member of Rotary Club Kampak for close to 40 years according to available information.
Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization that unites leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
The friend says Mr Owori died during an operation on his leg, during which his blood pressure dropped suddenly and he never recovered.
Owori was the 108th president elect of the Rotary International and was to take the mantle from 2018-19.
He will be remembered for his role in growing the number of Rotary clubs in Uganda from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years.
At the time of his death, Owori was the CEO of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda.
Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd, and director of Uganda Development Bank.
He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.

Friday, 7 July 2017


1934 - 2017

John Ssebaana Kizito (12 September 1934 – 3 July 2017) was a Ugandan businessman, economist and politician. He was the president of the Democratic party (DP) in Uganda from 2005 to 2010. Kizito was a member of the University Council of Ndejje. He was reported to be one of the wealthiest people in Uganda, having sizable holdings in real estate and insurance.

Ssebaana was a disciplined entrepreneur – Museveni

His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has described Late Sebaana Kizito as someone who was very disciplined entrepreneur who advocated for non-frictional politics.
The president said this when he visited Late Sebaana Kizito’s Family in Kampala to condole with them and pay his last respects.
“He was a social person who loved everybody regardless of who they were. He was close to my father Amos Kaguta.
Once, he came with his wife to Nakasero to see MZEE Kaguta. They bypassed me and when I asked, they said they had known each other while i was in the bush,the President disclosed.
“I commend him and Paul Kawanga Semogerere for their role in DP, helping shape and change Uganda. Sebaana was a minister and served this country greatly. May his Soul rest in peace “, Said the President.

KCCA moves to name Road after former Mayor Ssebaana

The Kampala capital city authority council (KCCA) has this Morning moved to name Nakivubo Press Road after former mayor  and Democratic Party president emeritus late Ssebaana John Kizito .
Ssebaana who died early this morning of stroke at Nakasero Hospital was the 17th mayor of KCCA in 1999 and he is remembered for constructing Nakivubo channel.
He also constructed some roads and bought the land where KCCA is currently conducting farming.

While moving the motion, the current lord mayor of Kampala Salongo Erias Lukwago says that some roads in Kampala to date lack clear names while others were named after African leaders who are not even known to Ugandans something that forced most Councilors selected Nakivubo press road since it’s the channel, the late put emphasis on.
Speaking to the Kawempe councilor Muhammad Ssegirinya, described Ssebaana as an incredible leader with a unique character that welcomes everyone regardless of the political party.
The council later observed a minute’s silence in honour of Ssebaana, who was also a Minister in the Government of Uganda, President of the Democratic Party and a prominent businessman and entrepreneur.

Parliament hails Ssebaana as advocate of peace, democracy

“He left a trail of positive accomplishments in all levels and positions held,” the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said  his eulogy to John Ssebaana Kizito, the former Mayorin of Kampala.
In a special sitting held Thursday, 6th July 2017, Parliament paid tribute to John Ssebaana Kizito, who lost battle to a stroke at Nakasero Hospital on Monday.
This was the fourth time Parliament was paying tribute to a former leader of the Democratic Party, one of the Opposition parties in the House since December. Parliament has also held special sittings to honour Hon. Boniface Byanyima, Hon. Mathias Nsubuga and Hon. Maria Mutagamba.
Ssebaana Kizito participated in pre and post-independence struggles of Uganda before serving in various positions in government and Parliament including: the East African Legislative Assembly, National Insurance Corporation; Member of Parliament, Minister and Shadow Minister; Leader of the Opposition; Constituent Assembly Delegate; Minister in various capacities; and President General of the Democratic Party.
Dr. Rugunda hailed the deceased for his conviction for a better Kampala, Uganda and Africa; saying that Ssebaana never allowed political differences to stand in the way of serving Uganda.
“He played an important role in the struggle that brought in the NRM, and we continued to work together. Ssebaana has a special place in Uganda’s democracy having made a contribution during the Constituent Assembly,” said Dr. Rugunda.
“He was a strong advocate for democratic governance and contributed to the development of multiparty politics in Uganda,” said Rugunda, who added that Ssebaana served with dedication and patriotism.
The Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju (FDC, Kira Munic.) said that Ssebaana devoted his life to democracy and identified causes that were worth dying for.
“He dedicated almost his entire life fighting for democracy and good governance for Uganda; and as he did so, he never injured anyone,” said Ssemujju.
Legislators said that Ssebaana had inspired and motivated them into joining politics.
Hon. Obua Hamson (NRM, Ajuri) said Ssebaana was impressed by his contribution during a Children’s Mock Parliament held to generate views about the rights of children.
“He shaped my political future. He told me ‘you did well, you have a bright future,’” said Hon. Obua.
Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi (DP, Butambala) praised Ssebaana for his love for both Buganda and the country.
Hon. Moses Kasibante (Ind., Rubaga North) said the deceased was “truthful in politics and trustworthy in business” and left a legacy for retiring from his various positions held.
The body of the late Ssebaana lay in state for public viewing at Parliament Building before the special sitting in the afternoon, which was attended by former MPs and political party leaders.
Parliament resolved to convey deep condolences to Ssebaana’s family, relatives, friends and Ugandans upon his death; and appreciate his distinguished service rendered to the country.

Kabaka mourns Ssebaana Kizito

The Kabaka of Buganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II said that the Kingdom will miss John Ssebaana Kizito who promoted Sports in the Kingdom.  

At Namirembe Cathedral

Hon. Amama Mbabazi

Deputy Chief Justice Kavuma

In his written message delivered by the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga, at Namirembe Cathedral, during Ssebana’s funeral service, the Kabaka described Ssebana as a special Buganda Kingdom official who advised the kingdom on a number of issues. “He was a great advisor to us, and an honest leader. I want to console the family and the country at large for such a big loss,” the Kabaka said in a statement. He urged Ugandans, to emulate Ssebana, who he described as a successful businessman by starting up income generating ventures for increased employment opportunities and economic development of the country. Two weeks before Ssebana’s death, the Kabaka who has been a personal friend, visited the deceased at Nakasero Hospital Kampala, where he died on Monday

Hon. Norbert Mao the president general of the Democratic Party  

At the funeral service, Joseph Kizito who represented the family, described the deceased as a loving father who balanced politics, family and business. “He was a self-made man, Daddy made sure that family was always the first, he loved us so dearly, he never missed any of our visitation during school time, despite his busy schedule,” Kizito said.

Members of the Democratic Party

  Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Major General Mugisha Muntu (FDC), Dr. Kizza Besigye at Namirembe Cathedral 
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga with Ssebaana Kizito at his residence.  

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga commended Hon. John Ssebaana Kizito as a super-achiever person who is having a great idea to assemble a team to execute a successful business and this has separated him from dreamers and entrepreneurs.
Mayiga who had paid a courtesy visit to Ssebaana at his home in Kansanga said he has seen Ssebaana Kizito since 1991 but he is not easily diverted from his point of view.
Owek.John Ssebaana Kizito had been bedridden for a period of time due to a paralyzed leg.
The premier said “we need to be consistent in what we do if we are to progress”.
He expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation to Ssebaana Kizito for his services he renders to the Kingdom of Buganda characterised with honesty, sense of humour, confidence and commitment. Ssebaana Kizito has been one of the two proprietors of State Wide Insurance Company (swico).