John Luswata Mulumba, the father of the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, will be laid to rest today at his ancestral home in Nkumba, Wakiso district, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, has said.
Announcing Luswata’s death on Saturday, Mayiga said Buganda kingdom was mourning the death of a senior citizen and one of its strong pillars. The Katikkiro said Luswata had been battling kidney and heart diseases and that all attempts had been made to treat him in various hospitals within and outside the country.
“The doctors have done everything possible to save his life, but God decided to call him. Our condolences go to the Nnabagereka and the family members,” Mayiga said. According to the funeral programme, there was a thanksgiving service for the deceased at Namirembe Cathedral yesterday at 10:00am.
Luswata was a son of late Nelson Ssebugwawo who was the treasurer of the Buganda kingdom in the 1950s. Ssebugwawo played a pivotal role in the fight for the independence of Uganda. Ssebugwawo’s family owns a big chunk of land at Nkumba on Entebbe Road and other neighboring areas such as Katabi, Bunono and Kasenyi.
Dan Ssebugwawo, Luswata’s brother, told our website that Luswata went to King’s College Budo and thereafter, he went to England, where he read electrical engineering. Ssebugwawo recounted that for some years, Luswata worked in Mulago Hospital as the hospital engineer.
On the values and principles he remembers about his brother, Ssebugwawo said: “He was always very social. He was hardworking. Our father Owekitiibwa Nelson Ssebugwawo instilled in us the value of hardwork.” Luswata has been running some business ventures and farming at Nkumba.
Speaking about what she remembers about Luswata, Rubaga division mayor Joyce Ssebugwawo, who belongs to the same family, said: “He has been hardworking, greatly loved his kingdom and also loved his children so much.” Luswata is survived by wife Rebecca and seven children of whom Sylvia Nagginda is the eldest.