Uganda: Nsibambi’s Widow Talks of Their Love Story, Life


The widow of the late former prime minister Apolo Nsibambi has narrated how she met her husband at a time she thought she had given up on marriage.

Ms Ester Nsibambi yesterday said in 2002, “someone” approached her, suggesting that Nsibambi, then a prime minister, was searching for a wife who possesses the character and qualities she possesses.

“This was going to be my second marriage. I was 49 and thought I was going to retire. Then someone [a go- between] said: “Professor is searching and I have given in your name,” Ms Nsibambi said to the excitement of mourners gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe, Kampala.

“I said “why didn’t you first consult me? That person instead said “when professor told me the qualities he wanted, you qualified,” she added.

Esther said she took time, prayed and consulted widely before accepting to remarry. She said Nsibambi was a very principled man, loving, humble and they would hold hands in church.

The couple opened joint bank accounts and were open to each other in all aspects of life, she added.

Prof Nsibambi succumbed to a blood clot at his home in Bulange, Kampala on Tuesday last week. His first wife Rhoda Nabbanja Kayanja, whom he married in 1968, died in 2001. He remarried Ester in March 2003.

Ms Rhoda Nakimuli, Nsibambi’s first born, described their father as loving, a giver, a protector, an inspirational and one who encouraged them to study and succeed.

Ms Violent Kisakye, a step daughter of Nsibambi, said when her mother got married to him, her life changed.

“He took me to the UK to study. He has been an inspiration,” she said.

In a condolence message read for him by Buganda Kingdom deputy Katikkiro Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi applauded Nsibambi’s contribution to the restoration of the kingdom and return of its property from the central government.

President Museveni, in his message read by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said Nsibambi was “incorruptible” and has left behind a legacy worth emulating.

Prof Mondo Kagonyera, the former Makerere University chancellor, said: “Prof Nsibambi would speak brutal truth. He did not hesitant to speak his mind including days of former dictator Idd Amin.”

Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali asked mourners to turn to Jesus Christ, saying Nsibambi died when he had accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour.

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Publish date : 2019-06-05 07:53:42

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