Uganda mourns the loss of a beloved figure as news broke on Wednesday of the passing of Kato Lubwama, a celebrated actor, comedian, and former Member of Parliament for Rubaga South. Lubwama, known affectionately as Biiso in entertainment circles, tragically succumbed to heart complications at the age of 52 at Stana Medical Centre in Bunamwaya, according to reports.
Born on August 16, 1970, in Kampala, Lubwama’s early life was marked by a passion for the arts. After completing his primary education at Nabagereka Primary School in 1983, he went on to Old Kampala Secondary School, where he obtained his Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) in 1988. Lubwama’s dedication to his craft led him to pursue higher education at Makerere University Kampala, earning a Diploma in Music, Dance, and Drama in 1994.
Lubwama’s contributions to the Ugandan acting industry were immeasurable. Through his leadership roles in Royal Theater, Diamonds Ensemble, and Image Africa, he played an instrumental part in elevating the country’s theatrical landscape. As the interest in traditional theater waned in the 2000s, Lubwama seamlessly transitioned to the realm of FM radio, captivating audiences with his charismatic presence on the CBS FM Kalisoliso program. Collaborating with fellow actors Abby Mukiibi and Patricko Mujjuka, their morning show became a household favorite, earning him the stage name Biiso.
Beyond his impact in entertainment, Lubwama left an indelible mark as an entrepreneur. His vision led to the establishment of B24 TV, a local Ugandan television station based in Rubaga, showcasing local talent and cultural richness. His dynamic presence extended to digital platforms, captivating audiences through appearances on Kasuku’s YouTube channel and NBS TV’s UnKut.
Lubwama’s illustrious career also intersected with politics. In 2016, he assumed the role of Rubaga South Member of Parliament, championing the interests of his constituents until 2021. Though he garnered attention during the election with his infamous remark about financial gain, he ultimately lost his seat to the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate in the 2021 elections. Dissatisfied with the Democratic Party’s (DP) internal affairs, Lubwama parted ways and joined forces with like-minded individuals from Buganda to form the pressure group ‘Solida,’ with the mission of revitalizing the DP’s former glory.
Music was yet another facet of Lubwama’s creative repertoire. As a talented musician and songwriter, he delighted audiences with his hit songs, including “Tulye,” “Tetunakuta,” “Bank Yebyama,” “Abantu Bazibu,” “Akanaku,” and “Dimitinya.” His most recent release, “Tetunakuta,” in September 2020, showcased his continued passion for artistic expression.
Lubwama’s legacy extends beyond his professional endeavors. He is survived by his wife, Ann Namuwonge, and their six children, while it is believed that he had children from other relationships as well. Tragically, he was also a twin, with his brother Isaac Wasswa having passed away years ago.
Uganda bids farewell to an exceptional talent, an advocate for the entertainment industry, and a public servant who left an indelible mark on the nation’s cultural landscape. Kato Lubwama’s contributions will be remembered for generations to come, and his absence will be deeply felt throughout the Ugandan community.