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Ex-Uganda PM Apolo Nsibambi dies at 78

Former Prime Minister Prof Apolo Nsibambi has died. (PHOTO/FILE)

KAMPALA – Uganda’s Ex-Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi has died at the age of 78. Mr. Nsibambi, a Ugandan academician and politician was appointed premier by President Museveni from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011.

“It’s true, he died today afternoon,” said a family member on Tuesday evening.

Profile

Apolo Nsibambi was born on 25 October 1940.

He is the son of Simeon Nsibambi, who together with John E. Church led the Balokole or the “East African Revival” movement.

Mr. Nsibambi attended King’s College Buddo for his high school education.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, with honors, from the Makerere University under London University.

He also holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Chicago in the United States.

His Doctor of Philosophy degree was obtained from the University of Nairobi.

Work experience

Mr. Nsibambi served as the dean of Faculty of Social Science at Makerere University from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987.

He was appointed head of the Department of Political Science at Makerere University in 1987, a position he held until 1990. He was Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research from 1994 to 1996.

Between 1996 and 1998, he served as Minister of Public Service in the Uganda Cabinet.

In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Education and Sports, serving in that capacity until 1999 when he was appointed Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in Parliament.

Nsibambi also served as the Chancellor of Makerere University from 2003 until October 2007.

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