A former Central Broadcasting Service [CBS] radio journalist Ronald Sembuusi has passed on this morning in Masaka.
His death casts a dark cloud over the journalism fraternity as well was human rights defenders in the country.
Sembuusi who was based and reporting for the radio in Masaka district reports say, died at Masaka Hospital after battling a long spell of ailment.
His friends described him as “hardworking and amiable”
The journalist had earlier been sacked and had no side income to foot his bills at the regional health facility according to close friends.
Sembuusi has for two years been battling a criminal defamation court case in which he was accused of reporting a story on CBS radio on 17th November 2011 to the effect that the former Kalangala LC 5 chairman Daniel Kikola was being investigated in connection with the disappearance of solar panels donated to Kalangala district by the African Development Bank to pump clean water in the area.
Sembuusi was in October this year sentenced by the Kalangala Magistrates court having failed to pay a fine of Sh. 500,000.
The sentence came only hours after he was discharged from Mengo hospital where he was admitted on 10th October –the very day he collapsed outside of the HRNJ-Uganda offices in Kampala due to his ailing health situation.
His sentencing sparked great outrages amongst fellow journalist and rights defenders, who asserted that at only 25 years, such a development would put not only his career but also his life in peril.