Paddy Bitama
Paddy Bitama

Renown city comedian-turned politician Paddy Ssali a.k.a Bitama is dead.

The former presidential hopeful passed away today at the the cancer institute of Mulago Hospital where he had been rushed in critical condition.

Dr. Henry Ddungu, one of the doctors that were treating Bitama has confirmed his death.

He said that Paddy had cancer but he declined to give details of the type of cancer he was suffering from.

Dr. Ddumba said that by the time Bitama was brought to Hospital he needed fluids and he did not have enough blood since he had anemia.

Bitama is known to be one of the founders of comedy outfit Amarula Family but left the group to form his own called Amazon Family which did not last.

The now fallen comedian has been bedridden since last year. His death comes just a day after a rumor went viral on social media that he had passed on. It turned out to be false.

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for the fallen comedian on social media.

Embattled Kampala city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago wrote “Kitalo nyo ekya muzzuku wa Mugema Paddy Ssali aka Bitama. May your soul rest in eternal peace.”

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.

His death is a big blow to the country’s entertainment industry.




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