By Hanning Mbabazi
Kampala: Prof. Apolo Robin Nsimbambi, who was a former Prime Minister and Makerere University Chancellor, has breathed his last this evening, Tuesday May 28th, 2019.
According to family members in Bulange, Rubaga Division, Nsibambi succumbed to a longtime illness and a few days back was rushed to a top health facility in Kampala, but had been discharged after his health condition stabilizing. Nsibambi was a Prime Minister from April 5, 1999 until May 24 , 2011, replacing Premier Kintu Mukasa and was later succeeded by Amama Mbabazi. 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. He married his present wife, Esther Nsibambi, in March 2003 after the death of his first wife, Rhoda Nsibambi in December 2001. He is survived by four daughters, and at least five grandchildren. He was of the Anglican faith.