KAMPALA – President Museveni has on May 29, appointed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to lead the team in burial preparations of now the late Prof Apolo Nsibambi.
“I have learnt of the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. I have instructed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to lead a team that will ensure we give Prof Nsibambi a befitting send-off,” he twitted.
The President described the late Pro Nsibambi as a true patriot and great academician. “The country will miss him,” he added.
Uganda’s Ex-Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi on May 28 died of cancer at age of 78 from his home in Bulange, Mengo in Kampala.
Mr. Nsibambi, who to-date remains Uganda’s longest serving prime minister (1999-2011), leaves behind a widow, Ester Nsibambi and five children.
Mr. Nsibambi, an academic and politician, was prime minister from April 1999 to May 2011 when Mr Patrick Amama Mbabazi succeeded him. He retired from politics in 2011.
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 honours, 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.
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 the 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.
Late Nsibambi also served as the Chancellor of Makerere University from 2003 until October 2007.