The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has paid tribute to the late Prof Apolo Nsibambi for his diligent service to Buganda kingdom, particularly his contribution in the negotiations for kingdom properties, between Mengo and the central government.
The Kabaka spoke passionately about the former Prime Minister of Uganda, in his message delivered by Owek Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, the Second Deputy Katikkiro and Minister For Finance, during a requiem service at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe on Tuesday.
Nsibambi, a former Chancellor of Makerere University who also held other positions in government died last week after suffering acute respiratory failure due to a blood clot in his lungs.
“He had good virtues that the rest of the leaders should emulate,” the Kabaka said in his message.
“He was very punctual at all the events he attended and respected whoever he engaged with on the different issues”.
Prof Nsibambi has left a strong legacy in both leadership and education, the Kabaka added in his eulogy.
“I thank him for accepting to take responsibility and negotiating with the central government for ‘ebyaffe’ (kingdom properties) and his contribution to the development of Buganda kingdom,” the Kabaka added.
“We shall miss him dearly. We pray that God will comfort you in this time of loss and that his soul will rest eternally”.
At the same event, Owek Patrick Luwagga Mugumbule, the Speaker of the Lukiiko (Buganda kingdom Assembly) read the message by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga who is currently out of the country.
The Katikkiro said Prof Nsibambi was very supportive of the numerous programs undertaken by Mengo adding that he was a strong pillar to the Supreme Council of the Kabaka.
“He made a significant contribution to the demands for a federal system of government and although this hasn’t fully been achieved, some progress has been made,” Mayiga said.
He termed Nsibambi as a mentor and alluded to the mentorship he provided to him (Mayiga) when he had just been appointed as the Katikkiro.
“The country has lost a freedom fighter who served with fairness,” he added.
During the requiem service, a ceremony of laying the Buganda kingdom flag on the casket containing the body of the late Nsibambi, was performed in recognition of his service to the kingdom.