Uganda’s Public Relations fraternity is mourning the death of Yona Namawah Wapakhabulo, Chimp Corps report.
Yona, who was the co-founder of WMC Africa, a public relations agency in Kampala, passed away on Monday.
He succumbed to a bacterial infection (called infective endocarditis) that got to his heart before spreading to his lungs.
Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium, which is the inner lining of your heart chambers and heart valves.
Endocarditis generally occurs when bacteria, fungi or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
If it’s not treated quickly, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can lead to life-threatening complications or even death.
Moses Watasa, an official at the Ministry of Information and National Guidance, described Yona as a “jolly, good man.”
Journalist Richard Wanambwa observed: “So sad that Yona is no more.”
The deceased is a son of former Speaker of Parliament James Wapakhabulo. He was a brother of Josephine Kasalamwa Wapakabulo, the Executive Director of Uganda National Oil Company; Lumumba Wambogo Wapakhabulo and Maima Wapakhabulo.
The family says a vigil will be held Thursday at Machame Health Club, Naguru Vale Road starting 6:00pm.
On Friday, mourners will gather at All Saints Cathedral at 9:00am for the funeral service.
Yona’s remains will be laid to rest on Saturday in Sironko District, Eastern Uganda.