UPP President Hajji Suleiman Masaba Is Dead

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Hajji Suleiman Masaba, the President of the Uganda People’s Party - UPP is dead. He was also the first secretary general of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) in the 1970s.

Hajji Suleiman Masaba, the President of the Uganda People’s Party (UPP) is dead.
Masaba died at about 3:00pm on Sunday at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala where he was rushed for treatment.
Halima Masaba, the deceased’s eldest daughter, told URN on Monday that her father had been battling cancer of the intestine which doctors diagnosed four years ago.
She explained that they discovered that her father was suffering from cancer one and half years later after he had suffered serious illness.
She said he was immediately taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala where he was operated and directed by doctors to continue with Radio Therapy.
She said since then, his illness has been on and off until yesterday when it intensified and was rushed to Nsambya Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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Hajji Masaba was 69 years old at the time of his death.
Halima said she will miss his father for his high spiritedness. She described him as was a social, kind, lovely and caring father who would whole heartedly help anyone who would seek assistance from him irrespective of the religious and political affiliation.
She said Hajii Masaba was a man who would put his family and religion as priorities throughout his life. She also describes him someone who was steadfast in his convictions and aspirations. 
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Ahmada Washaki, the Bunguhoko LC III Chairman, says Hajji Suleiman has died too soon. He described the deceased as a social and development oriented person.
He says he will be remembered for among other things his efforts to ensure the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) is established  even though there were those who were opposed to the idea of the university during Obote’s II government.
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Hajji Suleiman is survived with two wives and 20 children. His third wife died sometimes back. His body is lying at his ancestral home in Bumageni village in Bunguhoko sub county, Mbale, 4 miles off Mbale-Tororo highway, where he would be buried later on today.
His Education
Born of 1944, Hajii Suleiman went to Bukonte Primary school in Bugwere where he attained his primary certificate before he joined Mbale SS where he completed his senior four. He later went to Bubwalasi Primary Teachers’ College in Sironko where he attained a grade III teaching certificate.
After completing his studies in the late 1960s, Hajji Suleiman never practiced teaching but joined the business community and became a well known businessman in Mbale and Kampala.
In the early 1970s, he was elected first Secretary General of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council- (UMSC).
In the 1980s during the Obote’s I government he contested for the Constituent Assembly for Mbale West constituency on DP ticket but lost to the then UPC candidate late Kisezi. He then relocated to Kampala.
Later when President Museveni took over power in 1986, late Hajji Suleiman was then elected as the 2nd directly elected RC III chairman of Kampala Central Division.
He also served as the Chairman Uganda National Chamber of Commerce between 1989 and 1991. He went to Mbale in 1992 when he successfully contested as the LC II chairperson of Bumageni parish which he served until 1997.
In 2005 when the NRM government returned multi-party politics in Uganda, Hajji Suleiman formed and registered his own party, the Uganda People’s Party (UPP) as a president. However in the 2011 general elections, Hajji Suleiman supported the NRM party but never dissolved his party.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.