Government has come out with condolence messages to the family and colleagues of veteran news anchor Bbale Francis who passed away this morning.
Francis was pronounced dead earlier today at Mulago Hospital where he was battling cancer of the bladder.
The 61 year old news ancones had served for close to three decades at the national broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Corporation [UBC].
In a commiseration message issued Thursday afternoon, government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo described Francis as the luminary of broadcast journalism in Uganda.
“He worked with passion, dedication and commitment and every young broadcaster would like to emulate Bbale’s style,” said Opondo.
“His clear voice and accent distinguished and made him a darling to all television viewers. He was always professional and enjoyed his job which he did with utmost perfection. Ugandans will miss him dearly.”
By the time of his death, plans were underway to have him flown to India for expert treatment.
According to UBC’s publicist Mrs Jane Kasumba, a fund had just been set up for this very cause.