President Museveni has paid a special tribute to departed former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi, saying he was a “patriot.”
Nsibambi, 78, passed on at his home in Rubaga, a Kampala suburb on Tuesday.
“I have learnt of the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. He was a true patriot and great academic,” said Museveni.
Prof. Nsibambi served as the Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 to 24 May 2011.
Nsibambi was the first non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, a position he served from his appointment in October 2003 to October 2007.
Museveni said Uganda “will miss him.”
He said he had “instructed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to lead a team that will ensure we give Prof Nsibambi a befitting send-off.”
Nsibambi taught at Makerere University during the 1960s and thereafter served as the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences 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 (MISR) 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.