Seventh-day Adventist statesman Dr. Samson Babi Mululu
Kisekka, former Ugandan vice president, died October 25 in a London hospital.
The 87-year-old politician from this central African country also served as
prime minister, health minister and political advisor in a varied career
spanning 40 years. Known as "the great physician" for his campaign to
heal political and racial divisions in Uganda, Kisekka's work was marked by an
emphasis on greater government accountability and a concern for the rights of
Kisekka died of a heart attack at University College Hospital, London, where he
was awaiting heart surgery. His body was flown back to Uganda and he was buried
October 31 at his ancestral home of Ttemamgalo, near the Ugandan capital of
Kampala. The funeral service, held at Najjanankumbi Adventist Church, was
attended by the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, along with members of his
cabinet, representatives from the diplomatic corp and judiciary, and other
political and religious leaders.
"With the passing away of Dr. Samson Kisekka, the nation has lost a
strong, reliable and rich fountain of wisdom," said Justice Minister
Mayanja Nkangi, as reported by the Ugandan paper, New Vision. "Dr.
Kisekka's outstanding role, as prime minister and as vice president, is an open
record for everyone. Even as the senior presidential advisor, Dr. Kisekka
carried on his crusade for good governance, personnel advancement and national
development." Nkangi said that Kisekka has been "a great nationalist
and leader who was always ready to guide, to encourage and to warn."
Along with his political achievements, Kisekka was also remembered as a
principled and caring Christian man who lived his faith. "He was a man of
God, [an] active and committed Seventh-day Adventist Christian who believed in
respect for one another," said current vice president Specioza Wandira
Kazibwe during a special parliamentary session held October 30 to honor Kisekka.
Born in 1912, Kisekka first studied medicine at Makerere Medical School and
practiced as a surgeon before entering Ugandan politics. He helped found the
National Resistance Movement, which led to a change in government in 1985.
Kisekka was appointed prime minister in 1986 and later served as vice president
from 1989 to 1994.
During Sunday's funeral service, Kisekka's son, Samson Kisekka, Jr., paid
tribute to his father as someone who taught his children, first and foremost,
to "work hard and to love each other."