MPs pay glowing tribute to Prof Nsibambi

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Parliament has Friday held a special sitting where members paid tribute to Professor Apollo Nsibambi.

Nsibambi was Uganda’s longest serving Prime Minister, a position he held from 5 April, 1999 to 24 May, 2011.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Works State Minister Gen Katumba Wamala and former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza received the body of former Premier in the morning.

Kadaga lays wreath

The body then lay in state at parliament as legislators flocked in for the session.

Second Deputy Premier Ally Kirunda Kivejinja, NRM Secretary General Justine Lumumba and Butambala County MP Muhammad Kivumbi were among the first to pay their last respects.

When Kadaga commenced the special sitting, it was Prime Minister Ruhakana Ruganda who moved the motion for a resolution of Parliament to pay tribute to Nsibambi.

Rugunda described him as an illustrious politician who served with distinction in several positions of responsibility.

The current Leader of the Opposition Hon Betty Ocan Aol, represented by Hon Betty Muzanira eulogised former Premier as a man who was raised through a semblance of nobility, attended religious schools, and that he never threw around a sense of entitlement.

Time keeping

The unique feature about today’s sitting was time keeping on the side of the MPs.

Former army commander Gen Wamala, now the minister of State for Works, said he was glad Nsibambi’s body had been received at the exact time that was planned [10:00am].

He said it would have been a huge embarrassment to force Nsibambi abuse time in his death.

Lumumba described Prof Nsibambi as a straight minded person whose soul coordinated with his body to give advice.

Makerere

After the session at parliament, Nsibambi’s body was taken to Makerere University Main Hall for more tributes.

The Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe was seen signing the condolence book.

The book is open to the general public at the entrance of the Main Building.

Former Makerere Chancellor Prof Mondo Kagonyera said Prof. Mamdani has lost someone who used to harass him intellectually.

Nsibambi will be laid to rest on June 4 at St Stephen’s Church-Lubowa.

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