The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) of the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF), Gen Katumba Wamala, is expected at the burial of former UBC veteran news anchor, Bbale Francis.
According to Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, the head of sports affairs at UBC, and the deceased’s friend, the minister of Information and National Guidance, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, is also expected at the burial together with top government officials.
Luwandagga has confirmed that Bbale’s remains will be laid to rest today at 2pm at his home in Kawuku-Wamala along Entebbe road.
Bbale died last week at Mulago Cancer Institute.
He succumbed to cancer just after the corporation had launched a campaign to raise funds and ensure he gets treatment in India.
On Saturday, hundreds of fans, friends and former students flocked the premises of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, for the public viewing of the late’s body.
A funeral service was later held at Christ the King church, Kampala.
Bbale, a long term serving news anchor and training editor at UBC, worked for UBC (formerly UTV and Radio Uganda) for over 25 years.
In a condolence message, the government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, described Bbale as “a luminary of the broadcast journalism in Uganda”.
“Indeed, he worked with passion, dedication and commitment in broadcasting and every young broadcaster would like to emulate Bbale‘s style,” continued Opondo.
“His clear voice and accent distinguished and made him a darling to all Uganda television viewers. He was always professional and enjoyed his job which he did with utmost perfection. Ugandans will miss him dearly.”
Today, Bbale will be finally sent to his eternal home never to be seen again.