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..