Uganda: Former Buganda Speaker Buried

Kampala — Former speaker of Buganda Lukiiko (parliament) Musa Kaddu Sserunkuuma was on Tuesday laid to rest in Nsozibbiri-Kiyembe in Butambala District.

Sserunkuuma, 83, succumbed to brain cancer on Tuesday at Platinum Hospital in Kampala.

During prayers held for the deceased at Kibuli Mosque, Sheikh Sulaiman Kasule Ndirangwa paid tribute to Sserunkuma.

"He was exemplary with a clean record. He was a sociable man who loved his religion," said Sheikh Ndirangwa, who is the head of the Kibuli Muslim sect.

The first deputy prime minister of Buganda Kingdom, Dr Twaha Kawaase, said the deceased was committed to his duty.

"We have lost a man with dedicated service. The kingdom will remember him for steering it and protecting the throne during the storm of 2009," Dr Kawaase said.

Sserunkuuma was the speaker of the Lukiiko in 2009 when the central government blocked the Kabaka from visiting Bugerere, Kayunga District. The Baganda protested against the move, leading to riots that claimed several lives and led to the closure of the kingdom's CBS radio station for allegedly inciting violence.

Sserunkuma replaced Hajj Sulaiman Lubega Kaddunabbi as the speaker in 2008. He served as speaker until May 2013.

According to Dr Kawaase, the deceased was also a sportsman and a pillar of Express Football Club. He was also a registered football referee.

"He is also one of the Ugandans who helped in the founding of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA)," he said.

Sserunkuuma's daughter Aisha Nabwami Sserunjogi said: "He led an all-inclusive life that has shaped us as children. We have had a happy life and we will miss him."

Sserunkuma is survived by 23 children and two widows.

He went to Kabasanda Primary School and Kibuli Junior School between 1944 and 1957. In 1967, Sserunkuma joined Union College Johannesburg where he graduated as a photojournalist. He returned to Uganda and joined the then National Teachers College Kyambogo (current Kyambogo University after mergers) and graduated as a teacher.

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