Former Makindye West member of parliament Hussein Kyanjo has died today in Kibuli hospital. Hussein Kyanjo, the renowned Ugandan politician and co-founder of Justice Forum (JEEMA), has left an indelible mark on Uganda’s political landscape. With a saddened heart, we report the news of his passing, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.
Kyanjo’s political journey was marked by steadfast determination and a commitment to fulfill his promises. After serving two terms as the Member of Parliament for Makindye West from 2006 to 2011 and then from 2011 to 2016, he returned to his private businesses, true to his word.
Avid reading played a significant role in shaping Kyanjo’s political acumen. His voracious appetite for literature, particularly on leadership and governance, broadened his understanding and knowledge. It is said that he would delve into the materials stocked at parliament, constantly seeking to enhance his insights.
Born in Ntuuma, Bukomansimbi District, in 1960, to Hajji Siliman Zirabamuzaale Jakana and Mariam Nabuuma, Kyanjo was the seventh child in a family of ten. His educational journey took him through various institutions, including Ntuuma Primary School, Bilal Islamic School in Bwaise, Mbuulire Primary School, Kako Primary School, and Masaka Secondary School. He eventually graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Industrial and Fine Art in 1983.
Before delving into politics, Kyanjo made his mark as a graphics designer, running his own venture and supplying printing materials. His foray into elective politics began in 2001, albeit with an initial setback. He lost the race for the Makindye MP position to Yusuf Nsambu but persevered, eventually securing victory as the Makindye West legislator in 2006.
Kyanjo’s politics were characterized by fairness and justice for the oppressed Ugandans. He served as the spokesperson for JEEMA and campaigned for their presidential candidate, Kibirige Mayanja, in 2001. Throughout his time in Parliament, he remained a staunch advocate for good governance and fearlessly criticized President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
As a legislator, Kyanjo received valuable training on conduct, seeking guidance from experienced figures like Emmanuel Pinto and even meeting Jack Straw during a visit to the House of Commons.
Among his cherished moments in Parliament was his unwavering stance against the sale of Mabira Forest, where he led demonstrations and faced imprisonment. The struggle for balanced representation of all regions in Uganda’s politics was another cause he passionately championed.
Outside of politics, Kyanjo battled health challenges, including a diagnosis of Dystonia, which affected his speech center. With the aid of a speech device, he overcame these difficulties, but he always believed his condition was a result of poisoning in Kampala.
Kyanjo’s dedication to his family was evident, having been married to two wives and leaving behind six children. He will be remembered as a sincere, respectful, and consistent man.
As we bid farewell to this extraordinary figure, Hussein Kyanjo’s contributions to Ugandan politics and society will remain etched in history. His legacy of fairness, justice, and unyielding determination will continue to inspire future generations in the pursuit of good governance and a better world. May his soul rest in eternal peace.