IN MEMORIAM OF UWA’S LILLIAN NSUBUGA
(Posted 26th August 2013)
Uganda’s conservation, PR and journalist fraternity received shock news yesterday that Lillian Nsubuga, Public Relations Manager and official spokesperson at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, died on Sunday morning at Mulago Hospital after a short illness.
I met Lillian for the first time in what must have been 1994 at a function of the Rotary Club of Muyenga, when she was a stringer for the East African, and we kept in periodic contact until she joined the Uganda Wildlife Authority in 2004, taking charge of public and media relations.
Ever good for a fast response, full of facts and figures and her added interpretive comments, Lillian was not shy of giving as good as she got, but ultimately treasured friendship more than what for others would have been cold business.
Lillian only celebrated her 44th birthday on the 20th of August, i.e. less than a week ago and we were due to meet before the end of the month to discuss my recent article on my hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and how I could perhaps write a series of similar articles on some of the lesser known and less visited parks in Uganda, equally highlighting their attractions off the beaten paths.
The Twitter and FB timelines were awash with condolences yesterday as her friends tried to come to terms with her sudden passing, premature to the extreme and cutting short a promising life of a professional woman who had greater things ahead of her in her career.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya, on behalf of the entire board, management and staff of UWA, made the formal announcement yesterday and also gave details on the memorial service and her burial at her parents farm along Gayazza Road.
Lillian will be missed by many from around the world, whom she interacted with over the past nearly 10 years since she joined UWA and will be sorely missed, as a friend and as a source of detailed information about all matters concerning conservation in general and UWA in particular. Rest in peace my friend and until we meet again.