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Apolo Robin 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 (1940-10-25)25 October 1940
Uganda Protectorate
Died 28 May 2019(2019-05-28) (aged 78)
Bulange, Rubaga Division, Kampala, Uganda
Political party National Resistance Movement
Spouse(s) Rhoda Nsibambi (1968–2001)
Esther Nsibambi (2003–2019)
Alma mater Makerere University (B.S.)
University of Chicago (M.A.)
University of Nairobi (Ph.D.)

Apolo Robin Nsibambi (25 October 1940 – 28 May 2019) was a Ugandan academic and politician who served as the 8th Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011, when Amama Mbabazi succeeded him.

Early life and education

Apolo Robin Nsibambi was born on 25 October 1940. He was one of 12 children born to Eva Bakaluba and Semyoni Nsibambi, a leader in the Balokole movement or the "East African Revival". Apolo Nsibambi attended King's College Budo for his high school education. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, with honors, from the Makerere University. He also held a Master 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.


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 Dark Star Safari.

Personal life

He married Esther Nsibambi in March 2003 after the death of his first wife, Rhoda, in December 2001. He was the father of four daughters. He was a practising Anglican. Nsibambi died on 28 May 2019, at the age of 78.

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