Former Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi dies

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Apollo Nsibambi

Former Prime Minister, Professor Apolo Nsibambi, is reported to have died.

According to the state-run UBC TV, Prof Nsibambi passed on at his home in Mengo on Tuesday evening.

Nsibambi was aged 78 years at the time of his death.

According to reports, he was suffering from prostate cancer.

Apolo Robin Nsibambi, an academic and politician, was Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011, when Amama Mbabazi succeeded him.

Background and education

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.

Nsibambi attended King’s College Budo 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.

Work experience

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.

He taught at the university in the 1960s, befriending author Paul Theroux, who interviewed Nsibambi in his travelogue Dark Star Safari.

Personal details

He married his present wife, Esther, in March 2003 after the death of his first wife, Rhoda, in December 2001.

He is the father of four daughters, and the grandfather of at least five grandchildren. He is of the Anglican faith.

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