Tributes have been pouring in for fallen comedian Paddy Ssali who passed away on Saturday afternoon.
Bitama succumbed to cancer at Mulago Hospital.
Former Forum for Democratic Change president, Dr. Kiiza Besigye who became associated with Bitama during the infamous ‘walk-to-work’ protests in 2011 described the comedian as a man full of life who was very concerned about his country.
Kampala city lord mayor Erias Lukwago said the opposition had lost a comrade in Bitama and demanded that an investigation be carried to verify whether it wasn’t the effects of teargas that led to his demise.
Paddy started his trade as an MC at the then popular DV 8bar. He later teamed up with then singers Mola Messe aka Bontwe and Amooti Omubaranguzi aka Boogie Woogie to form the semi-defunct Amarula family and the three also worked together at Dembe FM.
In a bid to shift his career path from comedy to politics, Bitama unsuccessfully contested the 2006 presidential elections.
He was however determined to show Ugandans his desire to make it big in politics and it’s here that he joined FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye, in the infamous ‘Walk to Work’ operations orchestrated by A4C leaders in 2011.
It was during this time that he fell sick was said to be in and out of hospital.