Uganda’s longest-serving Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Robinson Nsibambi has passed away at his home in Mengo, Kampala. He was 78. Reports indicate that Nsibambi has been bed-ridden for sometime suffering from Cancer.
Nsibambi served as Prime Minister between April 1999 and May 2011. Before joining the central government, he served as a Minister in Kabaka’s government. And before that he worked as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Makerere University.
Nsibambi is remembered by many as a man of integrity, impeccable discipline, and great time keeper and patriot.
During his time at Makerere where he worked in different positions as lecturer up to administration, he was a very vocal academic and strived to bring about consensus through dialogue. During his time at Makerere he worked closely with Professors such as the late Akiiki Mujaju, Mahmood Mamdani to organize regular intellectual discussions regarding Uganda’s political life.
Nsibambi is remembered by many as a very principled intellectual, religious person, a diligent civil servant who used his political office as a means to serve the people and practice the theory of public administration which he taught for many years.
Nsibambi’s passing has attracted condolences from across the political spectrum.
President Museveni said: “I have, with a heavy heart, learnt of the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. He was a true patriot and great academic. The country will miss him. I have instructed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to lead a team that will ensure we give Prof Nsibambi a befitting send-off. May his soul rest in peace.”