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Kasese Media Fraternity Mourns Veteran Journalist

Joel Kaguta, the Programs Manager Messiah Radio describes the late Nzinjah as an irreplaceable journalist who selfishly mentored young reporters.
John Baptist Nzinjah the Kasese veteran journalist who died on Monday evening
The media fraternity in Kasese is mourning the passing of veteran journalist, John Baptist Nzinjah. He succumbed to cancer at Kilembe Mines Hospital on Monday evening.

His brother, Reverend Father Expedito Masereka, says Nzinjah was admitted at Kilembe Mines Hospital three weeks ago for palliative care after being diagnosed with cancer and hepatitis at Bishop Masereka Medical Centre in Kasese town. According to Father Masereka, prior to his admission at Kilembe Mines Hospital, Nzinjah was operated at Kagando hospital to remove the gall bladder.

He explains that Nzinjah who was widowed three times is survived by 16 children including 8 males and females. Masereka who died aged 69, served several media houses in the country.

Requiem mass

Speaking during a requiem mass for the late Nzinjah at Kasese Catholic cathedral this morning, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Masereka, the Kyabikere parish priest, asked the mourners not to focus on the spiritual weaknesses of the deceased.

He asked them to use his death to repent their sins if they are to go to the Kingdom of God, saying the late Nzinjah repented his sins during his time in hospital.

John Thawite, the Kasese District Information Officer told a group of journalists at Sandton Hotel in Kasese town, that Nzinjah was the third journalists produced by the district after retired Radio Uganda broadcaster, Mukirania Kisangara and Barnabas Bwambale Bamusede.

Joel Kaguta, the Programs Manager Messiah Radio describes the late Nzinjah as an irreplaceable journalist who selfishly mentored young reporters.

Work profile.

Nzinjah started practicing journalism in the early 1970's. According to information obtained by URN, Nzinjah was part of the presidential press team during the Idi Amin government in mid 1970s.  He became a New Vision staff reporter in the mid-1980s.

In the early 1990's left the New Vision and was elected as Karambi Sub county LC V councilor. He was appointed his longtime friend, Barnabas Bamusede to Kasese district executive.

He bounced back into the media and joined Messiah Radio at its opening in 1998. He moved to Kasese Guide Radio when it opened in 2009 as a news editor. He returned to Messiah Radio in the same capacity in mid-2010, where he has been serving until his death.

Nzinjah's remain will be laid on Wednesday at his ancestral home in Bikunya village, Karambi in Sub county in Kasese district.

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