On Sunday, 12th April 2015, the Government of the Republic of Uganda learnt with deep sadness about the death of Ms. Rosemary Nankabirwa, who has been one of Uganda’s outstanding broadcast journalists.
Her death is shocking because towards the end of last week, Government learnt that she was in a stable condition and we were optimistic that she would recover.
It is painful for Uganda to lose Ms. Rosemary Nankabirwa, a young, intelligent, vibrant and versatile journalist, who, even at her tender age stood out as professional.
She, clearly, was heading to the greater heights. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the late Rosemary Nankabirwa at this difficult moment.
Government joins Nation Television, the Ugandan media fraternity, and indeed, indeed, the country at large, to mourn this intelligent and star journalist.
Her enthusiasm and dynamism would have been a source of inspiration for aspiring and nascent broadcasters now and in future.
I salute the noble gesture by her family, friends, the media fraternity and the general public of responding quickly to the appeal for contributions towards saving her life.
Government learnt that Ms. Rosemary Nankabirwa has been a strong believer.
I, therefore, trust that she has gone to a better place. May the Good Lord rest her soul in Eternal peace.
Statement by Jim Muhwezi, the minister of Information and National Guidance
NOTE: Her body is expected to arrive in the country this evening.
It will be taken to the funeral home in Kampala, then to Christ the King Church tomorrow for a requiem mass.
It will then be taken to Kanyanya and buried the next day.
NTV says of the Shs 110m collected during the #HelpRosemary campaign, Shs 50m will be channelled to a cancer fund to help other cancer patients.
Some of that money will also be used to pay hospital bills, costs incurred in transporting Rosemary to Nairobi, funeral home charges and burial arrangements.