Veteran broadcaster Francis Bbale passes on. Mr Bbale was on Thursday morning pronounced dead at Mulago National referral Hospital where he has been in and out, battling cancer of the bladder.
Ms Jane Kasumba, the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Public Relations Officer, confirmed that Mr Bbale died Thursday morning at Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago.
Ms Kasumba said Mr Bbale had been stable and was undergoing treatment but his doctors recently referred him for further treatment in India.
She added that Mr Bbale was supposed to go to India in May this year.
Fund set up
Ms Kasumba said a fund had been set up to raise money to continue to support the recuperation of Mr Bbale.
“His doctor recommended that he be taken to India for specialised treatment. We have even set up the Bbale Francis Fund for his treatment costs in India,” she said.
Ms Kasumba said Mr Bbale, was until the time of his death an employee at UBC in charge of training young talent in news anchoring.
He has worked for UBC (formerly UTV and Radio Uganda) for over 25 years. By press time, his body was still at Mulago.
Ms Kasumba said they were still getting working with the family for further details of his burial.
“His death has been a big blow and loss to us,” Ms Kasumba said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor