Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, for four decades one of Uganda’s most versatile and well-liked on-air personalities, has died at age 61.
Luwandagga who has been the Head of Sports and Current Affairs at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) breathed his last this morning at his home in PWD Zone, Namasuba along Entebbe Road.
The news of Andrew Patrick Luwandagga’s death is devastating, said the UBC Managing Director Mr Winston David Agaba. Hot on the heels of the death of another television legend Bbaale Francis, the death of Luwandagga could not have been more crushing.
He is survived by a wife and children.
Luwandagga was not known to be suffering from many serious health problems and just yesterday he reported for work at Broadcast House, and he worked throughout the day.
The shocking news of his death started trickling in early Saturday morning.
His family members led by his brother Moses Motovu, the leader of Afrigo Band, are still at Mulago waiting for a postmortem report.
A vigil will be held at the deceased’s home in Namasuba just behind Freedom City shopping centre this evening.
There will be a public viewing of the body tomorrow (Sunday October 23) at the UBC gardens starting 11a.m.
A funeral service will be held at Namirembe Cathedral tomorrow at a time to be confirmed later.
Burial will be on Monday October 24, 2016 at Kawempe Wamala at 4PM.
Co-workers of Luwandagga, who has been hugely popular within the corporation as both a colleague and mentor, have reacted with shock and dismay on television and in social media, where his name has quickly climbed to the top of social media trending list in Uganda.
Condolence messages have been pouring in from all corners of the country.
The Minister of Information Technology and Communications Hon. Frank Tumwebaze was one of the first people to send a condolence message to UBC.
“R.I.P our icon. It’s a painful loss. On behalf of the broadcasting sector I extend my deepest condolences to UBC.”
-Hon. Frank Tumwebaze
– BBC presenter Alan Kasujja
“We extend our condolences to UBC, the nation and entire sports fraternity for the loss of an outstanding person.”
-The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
“Grew up watching Andrew Patrick Luwandagga’s sports programs on UTV (UBC TV). Sad! May his soul rest in peace.”
-PR and Media specialist Sarah Kagingo