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Former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi Dies at 78

Former Prime Minister Robin Apolo Nsibambi. Courtesy Photo

Former Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi is dead.

The veteran politician and former Chancellor for Makerere University passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78.

This website understands that Prof Nsibambi passed away at his home in Lungujja – Rubaga Division, Kampala.

Uganda’s longest serving Prime Minister, Nsibambi held the position from April 1999 to May 2011.

Early days

Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi studied at King’s College Budo, Makerere University, the University of Chicago, University of Nairobi, and the University of London.

He was the first non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, a position he served from his appointment in October 2003 to October 2007.

He taught at Makerere University during the 1960s and thereafter served as the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences 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 (MISR) 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.