Obituary: Dr Sarah Namulondo, A Friend, Lecturer And Mentor

viagra 40mg geneva; color: #252525; font-size: small;”>The beginning of her end goes way back. It started as abdominal pains last year and in October she was hospitalized at IHK. She was operated twice but never healed.

She later developed a liver infection which ended her life after touring IHK, Nakasero, Kibuli and Mulago hospitals. Her body will be laid to rest Tuesday at her home in Ngango Bulemezi, on the Luweero highway at 2pm.

Dr Sarah Namulondo was born in 1972 at Mulago Hospital to Christine Namiiro Ssemasaazi, a primary school teacher, and Ahmed Nalumoso Mukasa, an accountant. She is her mother’s second child, but in her father’s large family, she is the third.

Her mother has five other children.


From a very early age, Sarah was outstandingly interested in books and she manifested this by always topping her class.

Her close pals say that Sarah had an unhappy childhood when at 8 years, her siblings were taken away from their mother to live with their father. She would compensate this in school by reading stories of orphans like Jane Eyre in Charlotte Bronte’s love story.

She has seen her finish primary school at Luzira Church of Uganda before joining Kololo High School, Old Kampala S.S. and Makerere University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. And now she has a third one.

Sarah started working as a sub-editor at The Monitor in 1997. In 2000, three years after that Master’s Degree, Sarah joined the Literature Department as an assistant lecturer, while continuing to work at The Monitor as a sub-editor.

In 2002, she was awarded the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship, which saw her work in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newsroom in the United States for six months.

She then got interested in American universities where she went to pursue a doctorate degree in Literature from the University of South Florida.

By August 2004, Sarah had passed the Graduate Record Entry exams, got admission to the University of South Florida and secured a Fulbright scholarship.

Dr Sarah Nantaba Namulondo, was later be accepted as a lecturer of Literature and Mass Communication at Makerere University and consequently promoted to an associate editor at The Observer newspaper.

Friend, Lecturer and Mentor

I met Dr Sarah Namulondo in 2010 when I was in third year at Makerere University. She had come back fresh from America and she would not tolerate Ugandan laziness.

She was teaching us a course unit called Changing Patterns in Poetry and from her first course work, the whole class of around 150 students got zero. We complained, cursed and cried but she stood her ground affirming that she would never give marks to plagiarized essays.

While meeting the day class, I confronted her. I tried to reason with her on the ground that since 1st year, our lecturers had not minded whether we just cut information from internet and directly paste it onto our scripts. She then assured us that it is never too late to learn.

“You must always acknowledge the source of your information before writing an essay,” she stated. I personally followed her to her office and she elaborated with as much patience as possible. I did what she wanted and got 29/30 marks in that coursework.

Our friendship kicked off from then. When we finished third year, she took so much pains to look for me everywhere. She then called me to Kamwokya and gave me a job in The Observer as a Copy Editor. She already knew my potential. While at The Observer, she tutored, mentored and nurtured me into a professional journalist.

She has always been faithfully there for me. She used to read through my academic writings and advise where necessary. She always encouraged and assured me that I can do a lot in life. I owe so much to her. As I write this obituary now, I know that her death will change my life for good.

May the good Lord give her eternal rest.

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