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LAST WORDS: Nsibambi to Museveni: Name your successor before it’s too late

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Prof Apolo Nsibambi 

In one of his last media interviews, former Prime Minister Prof Apolo Nsbambi, who died on Tuesday, advised President Museveni to name a successor immediately.

In an exclusive interview with NTV on November 4, 2018, the 78-year-old who retired from political office in 2011 when he was succeeded by Amama Mbabazi, said that if Mr Museveni does not work on the succession plan now, many people who are not even fit to lead the country will come up to struggle for power.

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"He needs a successor so that things can move well so that he can also advise as a grandfather," said Nsibambi who was the longest serving prime minister and leader of government business (from April 1999 to May 2011).

A political scientist by profession, Nsibambi also advised Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine on how to handle politics as a young politician before dismissing Dr Kizza Besigye as being past his prime.

"I think he wants power but he's not using the right method. As a young politician I think he has to work closely with other political parties," he said.

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Commenting on the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Dr Kizza Besigye's efforts over the years to take the country's presidency, Nsibambi said the four-time presidential contender "was too arrogant and aggressive."
"Aggression was not a good path," he said before welcoming efforts by the interreligious council to push for a national dialogue to resolve the country's political impasse.

The government on Tuesday said they were closely working with the family members to ensure that Prof Nsibambi gets a befitting send-off.
In his condolence message, President Museveni described Nsibambi who is also a former Makerere university chancellor as a true patriot and a great academic.
“I have learnt of the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister, Prof Apolo Nsibambi. He was a true patriot and a great academic.
The country will miss him. I have instructed Prime Minister Ruhakana to lead a team that will ensure we give Prof Nsibambi a befitting send-off,” Mr Museveni tweeted yesterday.