A sibling of Alex Kayanja Ssekandi disclosed that his death was a consequence of excessive alcohol intake. The late 39-year-old, son of former Vice President Edward Ssekandi, passed away at Lubaga Hospital in Kampala where he had been receiving treatment for two weeks.
During the final send-off in Bulegeya Village, Kyanamukkaaka Sub County, Masaka District, Ms. Phiona Ssekandi emphasized the importance of revealing the truth about the hazards of alcoholism to dissuade young people from its destructive effects.
“It would be misleading not to acknowledge that alcoholism is detrimental and can shatter one’s aspirations. Our efforts to help our brother overcome his addiction proved futile, leading to the failure of crucial organs like the Kidney, Liver, and Pancreas, which eventually resulted in his demise,” she stated.
In light of this tragic incident, Ms. Ssekandi committed to establishing a charitable organization aimed at educating Ugandans, particularly the youth, about the perils associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
President Museveni, through Vice President Ms. Jessica Alupo, extended his condolences to the Ssekandi family, offering a condolence sum of Shs10 million. He urged the family not only to grieve the loss of their son but also to commemorate his life and accomplishments.
Furthermore, the State Minister of Microfinance, Mr. Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, urged Masaka District’s leadership to honor the late Mr. Ssekandi’s legacy by considering the establishment of the district headquarters on the land he generously donated.
According to the 2023 World Health Organization (WHO) report, Uganda was identified as the leading consumer of alcohol on the African continent. On average, a Ugandan consumes 12.21 liters of pure alcohol annually, with men recording a higher consumption rate of 19.93 liters compared to women’s 4.88 liters annually.