TRAGEDY: How Makerere Journalism Student, Charity Komuhangi, Died

Students at the Journalism and Communication Department at Makerere University are mourning the death of their 4th year colleague Charity Komuhangi, visit this Chimp Corps report.

According to the deceased’s classmate, more about Davidson Ndyabahika, information pills Komuhangi breathed her last at Case Clinic in Nakasero where she was admitted following a deadly road accident.

“On Saturday June 11, 2016, Komuhangi was involved in a fatal accident, when the boda boda on which she was riding to her afternoon prayers was involved in a collision with a speeding car at Lungujja/Kosovo,” recalled Ndyabahika.

“She broke all her limbs except one, and sustained injuries to her ribs and a mild swelling on her brain.”

Like many of her classmates, Komuhangi was just months away from the award of a degree of Bachelors of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, after a grueling 4 years.

Sadly, her dream of standing out as the finest journalist in the country was shattered.

Komuhangi, according to Ndyabahika, was rushed to Lubaga Hospital where she received First Aid and initial medication.

“With her condition worsening, she was transferred to Case Clinic in Nakasero, where she has been in a coma under the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).”

This Monday, doctors realised Komuhangi had bled profusely, and that a blood transfusion was necessary to enable the necessary surgical operation on her damaged body organs to take place.

As such, a blood donation drive was started in earnest by friends and other Good Samaritans, raising a whopping 50 units of blood by the end of the next day, 40 units more than she needed for her operation.

One of the donors, Edward Echwalu recounted his journey to Nakasero Blood Bank.

“Last night, I saw a call for Blood on Facebook. Blood group O+ for a young graduate, Charity Komuhangi who had had a nasty Boda Boda accident and was/still fighting for her life at ICU, Case Clinic,” said Echwalu.

Only a few days back, another vibrant and friendly personality in Julie Birungi Tumwesigye passed on in a Boda Boda accident.

“So, early this morning, I rushed to National Blood Bank to donate some blood with the hope that she’s provided with enough blood to live to see another day, another week, month and hopefully years. You can still go and support her. I’ve never met her! Never known her but a life is a life. If you have an opportunity of saving one, consider that an immense contribution to humanity,” added Echwalu, a reputable photojournalist and Makerere University graduate.

Echwalu’s skills were honed at the University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Ndyabahika revealed that despite good Samaritans raising enough blood to save Komuhangi, neither the transfusion nor the surgery was to take place.

She was still in coma when she breathed her last.

“As the Department and the students’ fraternity of Makerere University, while we’re greatly saddened by her loss, we thank God that he gave us the opportunity to know and relate with such a kind and affectionate soul as her,” he said.

By Thursday morning, condolence messages were still pouring in from Komuhangi’s friends and relatives.


Komuhangi will be laid to rest on Friday at her ancestral home in Kitimba Village near Katobo Trading Center, Nyakagyeme Sub County, Rujumbura County in Rukungiri District, South Western Uganda.

Rodgers Kavuma, the boda boda rider who was carrying Komuhangi on the fateful day, also passed on soon on Wednesday.


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