Parliament pays tribute to Apolo Nsibambi

Parliament has paid tribute to former Prime Minister Prof Apolo Robin Nsibambi who died last Tuesday after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Police pallbearers rolling Apolo Nsibambi’s casket into Parliament

The casket containing his remains arrived at Parliament at about 10:00am and was received by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga flanked by the Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, Works State Minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala and Kasese Woman MP Winfred Kiiza.

L-R Mary Karooro Okurut, Rebecca Kadaga, Gen Katumba Wamala and Winfred Kiiza receive Apolo Nsibambi’s body at Parliament

In a special sitting of Parliament convened in the afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda moved a motion for a resolution of Parliament to pay tribute to Nsibambi.

Rugunda described Nsibambi as an illustrious politician who served with distinction in several positions of responsibility.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda lays a wreath on Nsibambi’s casket.

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Betty Aol Ocan who was represented by Rukungiri Woman MP Betty Muzanira spoke of the former Premier as a man who was raised through a semblance of nobility, attended religious schools, and that he never threw around a sense of entitlement.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga signs the condolence book

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi hailed Nsibambi whom he said that despite serving under “a regime full of corruption, his name was never mentioned among the corrupt people.”

Prof Ogenga Latigo who served as LOP during Nsibambi’s time as Leader of Government Business in Parliament took the House back in the days especially when Nsibambi would engage him to preach good working relations between the opposition and the government side.