By Hanning Mbabazi
Kampala: The kingdom of Buganda led by HM Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has paid tribute for former Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi, who passed away early this week.
In a statement issued by the Second Deputy Katikkiro, Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, Prof. Nsibambi is remembered for his tireless effort towards the restoration of Buganda Kingdom and his service as a member of the Ssaabataka Supreme Council, which administered the Kingdom prior to the coronation of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. Nsibambi was Buganda Kingdom’s Constitutional Affairs Minister before joining the central government. He also served as Buganda Kingdom’s representative to the 1994 Constituent Assembly. “In the Kingdom, he was a Constitutional Affairs Minister and he worked hard to see that federal governance returns. He was one of the members of the ‘Ebyaffe’ committee and also a member of the committee that submitted the Kingdom’s views to Odoki’s Commission,” Nsibirwa said.
Geoffrey Zziwa, the family spokesperson said Nsibambi’s body will this Friday be moved from a funeral home to Parliament where lawmakers will pay their last respects to the former academic and bureaucrat. Nsibambi’s body will be taken to his residence for vigil and prayers on Monday, June 3. On Tuesday, June 4, a church service will be held at Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe starting at 9:00 am till 1:00Pm. His remains will later be laid to rest at Buloba at 4:00 pm. Buganda Kingdom has praised the late prof. Apollo Nsibambi as a key pillar in the Kingdom’s history. Nsibambi, 78, died on Tuesday evening at his home in Bulange, Mengo after a battle with cancer.