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Parliament Lauds Prof. Nsibambi’s Diligent Service

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.
Members of Parliament on Friday afternoon paid tribute to former Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi in a plenary session chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

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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 him.  

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 patriotic leader.

  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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Earlier, dignitaries 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 described Nsibambi as a legend, one whose honesty and integrity is immeasurable.    

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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.