Prepare for death, says priest at Rosemary burial


Casket containing body of former NTV News Anchor Rosemary Nankabirwa moments before her burial in Masaka


The body of Rosemary Nankabirwa, a former NTV news anchor has been laid to rest at her ancestral home in Masaka district.

Dozens of Journalists, relatives, friends and family descended on Kanoni village in Kyanamukaka Sub County this afternoon to send off Nankabirwa who succumbed to Cancer at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi on Sunday.

Nankabirwa died only a few hours after she was airlifted from the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

Key among the mourners was the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who is a also close family member, Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman and Fridah Kasse Mubanda, the Masaka district Woman Member MP.

Rebecca Kibirige, the mother to the late Nankabirwa told mourners that she was happy her daughter has gone to see her creator.

She described the late Nankabirwa as a brave God-fearing journalist whose career started at a tender age.

Kibirige explained that right from primary; Nankabirwa used to mimic CNN and BBC news anchors saying she was not surprised when she pursued journalism as her career.

Kibirige thanked the journalism fraternity for showing love to her daughter even when she was battling for her life at the Cancer Institute.

Solomon Muhiirwa, the NTV Human Resource manager where Nankabirwa worked for four years before leaving for further studies in United Kingdom thanked mourners for fundraising to save her life.

He said they spent 50 percent of the Shillings 110 Million they received from contributions on burial expense and medical bill both at the Cancer institute and Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

Muhiirwa said they resolved to donate the remaining 50% to the fight against cancer.

He said a committee would be set up to see how the money would be utilized.

Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman said Masaka has lost her ambassador.

He explained that Masaka looked at Nankabirwa as her ambassador when she was still anchoring news on TV.

Rev. Fr. Vincent Kabanda, the Kindu parish priest who presided over the service counseled Nankabirwa’s family, friends and journalists and asked them to pray for her to go to heaven.

He also used this time to remind mourners to prepare for death by doing what God expects of them.


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