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The public relations manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Ms Lillian Nakato Nsubuga, is dead.

According to a statement from UWA, Ms Nsubuga died on Sunday morning at Mulago hospital in Kampala.

She died five days after her 44th birthday.

Nsubuga died after a short illness, said the statement, signed by  UWA Executive Director Andrew Seguya.

“Three days ago, she received the most prestigious Women in Conservation Award from UWA's Board of Trustees for her outstanding role in biodiversity conservation,” Dr Seguya said in the statement.

Ms Nsubuga was one of the most prominent members of Uganda’s growing public relations community. Her death has shocked many in the media, who always found her an accessible and helpful source of information.

Social media has been jammed with messages mourning  Nsubuga’s death.

“As UWA Public Relations Manager Lillian was always available to give journalists any information they wanted on wildlife and the tourism industry in general,” said senior journalist Stephen Ouma Bwire on his Facebook page.

On her own wall, friends posted messages  speaking directly to her.

“Lillian you have gone too soon. I am not even at home to see you off on your last journey on earth,” wrote Joan Mugenzi.

But disbelief was the commonest feeling.

“I just cannot believe that you have left. I am lost for words except to say that I will find you there. I am going to miss you so much,” said D Daisy Marione.

According to Dr Seguya’s statement, there will be a funeral service on Monday the 26th of August 2013 at 10am at Watoto Church - North in Kisaasi.

Thereafter a vigil at her parents' home in Kanyanya along Bahai Road.

On Tuesday the 27th of August 2013, there will be a funeral service at Saint Paul's Church, Kanyanya, on Bahai Road at 10am

Burial will take place in Kiwumu - Kyaggwe off Nakasajja Road on Gayaza road at 4pm.

Lillian Nakato Nsubuga was born  August 20, 1969 and joined UWA on 16th February 2004.

After getting a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Makerere University, she pursued a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

“During her nine-year career at UWA, she nurtured a strategic and mutually beneficial relationship between UWA and the media at national and international levels. She had a deep understanding of how the media functions in the Ugandan context. She applied this as the basis to effectively communicate to the public; the intrinsic value of wildlife and nature based tourism to the economy of Uganda,” the statement said..


+1 #1 Betty Long Cap 2013-08-25 18:17
The cause of wildlife preservation and environmentalis m has been dealt a cruel, unexpected, sudden blow.

Every death must be treated as a homicide until natural causes can be established.
+2 #2 susan 2013-08-25 18:32
gone so soon ay her soul rest in eternal peace
+2 #3 Akot 2013-08-25 19:27
Pitty Museveni didn't see Ms.Nakato was important enough to be flown abroad for treatment - I am sure she died of a simple illness that could have been cured in no time if Uganda Health Services was up to stabdard!

Look at how simple hard working Ugandans die while Museveni-his family-his war veterans enjoy god health at the expense of tax payers with first class medical care that is only reserved for them!

May God rest Ms.Nakatos' soul in peace!
+5 #4 Betty Long Cap 2013-08-25 20:27
Quoting Akot:
Look at how simple hard working Ugandans die while Museveni-his family-his war veterans enjoy good health at the expense of tax payers with first class medical care that is only reserved for them!

Akot, the best surgeon in the world can only extend life. What Ugandans should concern themselves about is so many untimely deaths of dignitaries with no plausible explanation.

Ms Lillian Nakato Nsubuga was in the prime of her life and on a noble mission. If better medical care would have extended her life, blame rests on the failing health care system. We want to know more than short illness.
+1 #5 wadada 2013-08-25 23:07
RIP, indeed she has been very usuful to the insitution and Uganda as a whole.However, this is a caution to Ugandans who think the departure of one person is a blow to the institution, there are obviously so many people who can take up from them and life must continue.

This is the feeling that some people have pushed the president to believe Ugandans cant do without him, its sad
+1 #6 zam musenze 2013-08-26 01:00
+1 #7 Nabimara 2013-08-26 06:01
It's not long I came to know Lillian but I actually found an effective communicator who will take long to replace.

Death has stolen a brain from the communication community. May her soul rest in peace
0 #8 Namirimu Sarah 2013-08-26 10:58
The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.

It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them.

+1 #9 Sempala Joel 2013-08-26 17:10
RIP, she Lilian will always be missed by many for her natural-persona l calling not only for her work influence but to we people who saw the development she has instigated in Uganda as a country, a friend to many and most of all to the wildlife community!
+1 #10 Robert Atuhairwe 2013-08-26 23:30
R.I.P Lillian. Your name was out there all the time.
0 #11 aggrey N 2013-08-27 15:32
I am at pains to add my comment in regard to the personal professional relationship I enjoyed with Lilian. One is, if an environment/tra vel reporter moved from media house A to B, she would be in the know.

I cannot forget that unforgettable trip to QENP she organised for media editors and her frustration that the editors were impatient to watch a Nat Geo kind of moment seeing action of a lion in a hunt for a Uganda Kob. It takes patience to cover nature, she intimated.
+1 #12 Prince Fredrick Mute 2013-08-27 18:48
May the good Lord be with the family at this difficult hard moment in their lives.We shall miss her dearly. I grew up with her in Kanyanya. Its really really sad.

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