Apolo Nsibambi

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Apolo Nsibambi
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8th Prime Minister of Uganda
In office
5 April 1999 – 24 May 2011
President Yoweri Museveni
Preceded by Kintu Musoke
Succeeded by Amama Mbabazi
Personal details
Born (1938-11-27) 27 November 1938 (age 79)
Political party National Resistance Movement
Spouse(s) Ester Nsibambi
Alma mater University of London
(Bachelor of Science)
University of Chicago
(Master of Arts)
University of Nairobi
(Doctor of Philosophy)

Apolo Robin Nsibambi is a Ugandan academic and politician who was Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011, when Amama Mbabazi succeeded him.[1][2]

Background and education[edit]

Apolo Nsibambi was born on 27 November 1938. He is the son of Simeon Nsibambi, who together with John E. Church led the Balokole or the "East African Revival" movement. Nsibambi attended King's College Budo for his high school education. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, with honors, from the University of London. He also holds a Masters of Arts degree in political science from the University of Chicago in the United States. His Doctor of Philosophy degree was obtained from the University of Nairobi.

Work experience[edit]

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.

Nsibambi also served as the chancellor of Makerere University from 2003 until October 2007. He tutored at the university in the 1960s, befriending author Paul Theroux, who interviews Nsibambi in his travelogue Dark Star Safari.[3][4]

Personal details[edit]

He married his present wife, Esther, in July 2003 after the death of his first wife, Rhoda, in December 2001. He is the father of four daughters, and the grandfather of at least five grandchildren. He is of the Anglican faith.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baguma, Raymond (25 May 2011). "Nsibambi Speaks Out". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Julius Odeke, and Joseph Were (1 December 2012). "Uganda Needs Political Hygiene". The Independent (Uganda). Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Ssemutooke, Joseph (1 March 2012). "Professor Apolo Nsibambi: Legacy of A Technocrat Prime Minister". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ MAK (2012). "Professor Apolo Robin Nsibambi: Former Chancellor, Makerere University". Makerere University (MAK). Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kintu Musoke
Prime Minister of Uganda
Succeeded by
Amama Mbabazi