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FULL PROFILE: Who was Kato Lubwama, the late witty comedian?

The entertainment industry in Uganda has lost one of its most talented and beloved figures, Kato Lubwama who passed away on June 7, 2023. He was born on August 16, 1970 and grew up in Kampala.

He studied music, dance and drama at Makerere University and became the founder and director of Diamonds Ensemble, a theatre company that revived the art of drama in Uganda in the 1990s. He also ran a maize flour business and a television station called B24 TV.

Lubwama was known for his humorous comedy and his outspoken views on various issues. He was a master of satire and parody, often making fun of politicians, celebrities and social issues.

He wrote and acted in several popular plays such as Tulye, Tetunakuta, Bank Yebyama, Abantu Bazibu, Akanaku and Dimitinya. He also released some songs with the same titles as his plays.

He was a radio presenter on CBS FM and later joined politics as the Member of Parliament for Rubaga South Constituency from 2016 to 2021. He lost his seat to Aloysius Mukasa in the 2021 elections.

Lubwama had a heart surgery in Turkey in March 2022 and seemed to have recovered well. However, he continued to have regular medical check-ups to monitor his condition.

He died at Staana Medical Centre in Bunamwaya at the age of 52.

Kato Lubwama was married to Ann Namuwonge and they had six children together. He will be remembered for his witty and hilarious jokes, his passion for music and drama, and his commitment to serving his constituents.

Many politicians, celebrities and fans have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Kato Lubwama, who was a source of joy and inspiration for many people.

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