Sad news coming in from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, indicates that the former NTV news anchor, Rosemary Nankabirwa, has passed on.
Nankabirwa passed on this morning at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
Her family and former employers have confirmed her death.
“Rosemary Nankabirwa has been pulled off life support. Her family has confirmed that she has passed on. May her soul rest in peace,” NTV said in a short statement.
She was transferred from Mulago Cancer Institute yesterday to get her better treatment.
Yesterday, a fundraising drive dubbed #SaveRosemary collected over Shs 30m at Serena Parking where journalists, comedians, politicians joined in the washing of cars.
President Yoweri Museveni also contributed Sh 5m.
The television station reported that it had gathered atleast Shs 90m to give her the required treatment but too late.
Nankabirwa has been battling cancer since December last year.
Nankabirwa’s mother, Rebecca Kibirige, says the doctors found that Rosemary had a rare cancer called adrenal cortical carcinoma.
Last year in September, Rosemary started getting sick while doing her Masters degree in Journalism and communication at the University of London.
She came back to Uganda on December 23, 2014.
She went to Mulago Hospital for tests, Doctors found out that her left adrenal had a tumour.
They carried out a successful operation and removed it, but when they checked the adrenal gland, it was found out that she had dreno cortice carcinoma cancer.
She was admitted at the heart institute because the cancer institute had no Intensive Care Unit”.
Her condition continued worsening upon which she was taken to Nairobi with the hope that she could get better medical help.
This is Rosemary’s documented profile?
Trained as a Computer Programmer, after working as one for a year, she changed my career direction.
After getting her Diploma in Mass Communication, she worked initially as a Radio presenter and reporter in Nairobi Kenya.
She moved to Uganda in 2005, worked for WBS Television as a News Anchor and reporter.
She also took on the producing duties for the Business Magazine Show, which she also presented.
She started off with the Lunch Time bulletin, the Breakfast and Prime time news, a post held for just two years.
Rose then joined NTVU as a news anchor/reporter, and then Producer.
She presented the weekly business Magazine show Money Matters and produced the Technology segment of the show.
In addition to all that, she became a news producer, writing the bulletins tickers, the Lower Thirds and subbing scripts.
She also ensured the right stories were aired and that videos matched the standard of the station.
Rose specialised in flexible anchoring, Subbing Scripts, News writing and Producing Features.
She worked at NTV Uganda from September 2006 – Present (8 years 8 months) (since it’s inception in 2006).
Earlier on, she had worked at WBS Television from April 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 6 months).