President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his condolences following the death on Tuesday of the Uganda’s longest serving Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi.
Nsibambi died on Tuesday evening at his home in Bulange Mengo, near Kampala. The cause of his death is yet to be established.
President Museveni described Prof Nsibambi who served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2011 as a true patriot and great academic.
“I have learnt of the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. He was a true patriot and great academic. The country will miss him, m” Museveni said in a tweet.
The President said he has instructed Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to lead the team that will arrange to ensure Nsibambi gets a befitting send-off.
Several Ugandans, players across the political divide and institutions have since been paying tribute to a man many say had a strong sense of duty and exhibited great intelligence. Others said he represented a voice of reason, integrity and diligence in his public service.
Makerere University where he served as Chancellor from 2003 to 2007 said on Twitter the university was saddened by the news of his demise.
“Prof Nsibambi was the first non-Head of State Chancellor of Makerere, a position he served from his appointment in October 2003 to October 2007,” the University wrote on its official Twitter.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe said: “I have received the news of the passing on of Prof. Apolo Nsibambi former chancellor of Makerere University with shock”.
He said Nsibambi was an outstanding scholar and he served the university diligently as a professor of political science.
The Parliament also condoled with the family of the late Nsibambi. The institution where he served as Leader of Government Business said he was a “powerful servant of the nation” and that his death was a great loss.
Opposition leader, Dr Kiiza Besigye termed the late Prof Nsibambi as a good hearted man and academic par excellence.
On his part, Mugisha Muntu, the National Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) said he was deeply saddened by the news of Prof Nsibambi’s death.
“We pray that God strengthens the family as they go through this undoubtedly difficult time,” Muntu said.
Democratic Party President General, Norbert Mao described Nsibambi as an accomplished academic who served with integrity, dignity and class.
In government, Nsibambi served in numerous capacities including Minister of Public Service and Minister of Education and Sports.
He was also a distinguished academic. Nsibambi served as the dean of Faculty of Social Science at Makerere University from 1978 until 1983 and from 1985 until 1987.
He was then appointed head of the Department of Political Science at Makerere University in 1987, a position he held until 1990. He was also Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research from 1994 to 1996.