At exactly 10 O’clock, the hearse carrying the body of the ex-premier was already at Parliament. A delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Second Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja and others assembled at the parliament steps to receive his remains.
Time management, a
virtue that the late Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi stood for, was a key
feature throughout the day, as parliament convened to pay tribute to
At exactly 10 O’clock,
the hearse carrying the body of the ex-premier was already at
Parliament. A delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca
Kadaga, Second Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja and others
assembled at the parliament steps to receive his remains.
As the police brass band played dirges, Nsibambi’s
body was ushered into parliament’s main foyer for public viewing. It was
that rare occasion that the Speaker of parliament was not delayed and
time was respected to the dot.
The afternoon special
sitting kicked off at exactly at 2 O’clock. In her communication, the
speaker alerted members that the discussion will only run until 4 p.m.
to allow time for the body to be taken to Makerere University, where it
was expected by 5 p.m.
Prime Minister Dr
Ruhakana Rugunda observed Nsibambi’s passion for keeping time and
commended him for his diligent service to the country. He described him
as a great man who impacted the lives of many people in the country and
beyond as a prolific academic, researcher, family man, diligent and
He said that although
Nsibambi was battling Cancer, he succumbed to Pulmonary Embolism, a
blockage in the lungs by a clot that stops the proper supply of oxygen
to the heart.
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Nsibambi was commended
for developing the first Education Sector Strategic Investment Plan
during his earlier service as Education and Sports Minister. As Minister
of Public Service, between 1996 and 1998, Nsibambi advocated for better
remuneration for civil servants, enforced the policy of paying salaries
by the 28th day of every month and introduced the performance-oriented management system in a bid to make civil servants accountable.
Agago North MP Prof. Ogenga Latigo spoke of
Nsibambi as a person who valued building consensus on different issues
that had caused controversy or division on the floor of parliament. The
former Leader of Opposition said that Prof. Nsibambi was very respectful
and never personalized his position.
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Arua Municipality MP
Kassiano Wadri said that the late Prof. Apollo Nsibambi did not want
controversy recounting a moment in the Eight Parliament when he was
serving as the Opposition Chief Whip.
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Bugweri County MP Abdu
Katuntu said that Nsibambi has been one of the people who had an
influence on him saying that he advised him on what kind of politician
he could be.
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Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of State
for Works described the late Prof. Nsibambi as a teacher in and out of a
teacher, a very organized person and one who loved the country.
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Bugiri Municipality MP
Asuman Basalirwa also a former Guild President at Makerere University
told parliament how he and other students gate crashed at Prof.
Nsibambi’s home in a bid to seek his wise counsel.
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Kyaddondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi described Nsibambi as a dignified statesman who represented decency, service and Godliness.
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The Minister for Gender Hajjat Janat Mukwaya spoke of Prof. Nsibambi as a person who was proud of his faith.
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from various parts of the country praised Nsibambi as a statesman, a man
of character and one who is irreplaceable.
Prof George Mondo
Kagonyera, the former Chancellor of Makerere University said that he has
known Prof Nsibambi since 1971 having been together at Makerere
University. He recollects that Nsibambi was one of the very few people
during former President Idi Amin’s regime who could speak their mind.
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Former Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria Matembe
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Former Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Badru
Kiggundu said that Nsibambi was a unique individual and one of the best
examples to emulate.
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Born October 25, 1940, the Late Nsibambi attended
King's College Budo for his high school education. He held a Bachelor of
Science degree in economics, with honours from Makerere University
under London University.
He also held a Master of Arts degree in political
science from the University of Chicago in the United States and his
Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nairobi. At the time of his death, Professor Nsibambi was married to Esther Nakiboneka Kabuuza.
According to Prof. Nsibambi’s sendoff program
released by the government, the main requiem service will be held on
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe. On the same
day, Nsibambi will be laid to rest in Buloba, Wakiso district.