Former Kampala mayor Nasser Ssebagala passes away at 72
Former Kampala mayor Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebagala,72, has passed away at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) where he had been diagnosed with Intussusception; a condition in which one segment of intestine inverts within another, causing an intestinal obstruction.
Following the expulsion of Asians by Idi Amin in 1972, Nasser Sebaggala acquired a supermarket called UGANTICO on Nkrumah road the lower entrance to current CHAM towers, an electronics and clothes store on Kampala Road, the main thoroughfare in Kampala.
In 1998, he began his political career by running for the position of Mayor of Kampala.
As a member of the Democratic Party, Sebaggala won the first direct elections for mayor of Kampala in 1998, beating two government-sponsored candidates.
In February 1999, he received a 15-month sentence but was paroled in December 1999.
He returned to Kampala in February 2000 to a warm welcome and considered a bid in the 2001 presidential elections.
In mid-December 2005, he broke with the Democratic Party (DP), after he came third in the party presidential primaries, which was won by Ssebaana Kizito, and registered himself as an independent. A week later, he reversed himself, withdrawing his candidacy and announcing his support for Kizito. When he lost the Democratic Party nominations to Norbert Mao in 2010, he quit the DP and formed his own party.