The Kingdom of Buganda has mourned former Rwandan diplomat Venatie Sebudandi, who passed away on Monday, November 13.
The deceased was the mother of Jjunju Kiweewa, one of the Princes of the Kingdom of Buganda. Sebudandi was born in Gahini, in eastern Rwanda, on October 29, 1954.
A statement by the office of Buganda’s Katikkiro (Prime Minister) read in part: “All of Buganda mourns with the King and Prince Kiweewa as well as the entire royal family on the death of the servant (Sebudandi), which has left a big gap.”
The office of Buganda’s Katikkiro eulogized her as a kind person who, despite her honours, was humble, respected everyone, “and loved to help everyone who approached her.”
The late diplomat will be laid to rest on Saturday, November 18, at the Rusororo public cemetery.
A seasoned diplomat, Sebudandi started her political career in 1996, working as the Chief of Protocol and Director of State Protocol at Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda, a position she held until 2001.
Later, she served as Rwanda’s ambassador to Japan in addition to a number of assignments that she held in her political career, including as the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office in Geneva.