KAMPALA - Dr. Caroline Abeja Apunyo, a public health consultant, has died.
She breathe her last Tuesday at Nakasero Hospital from a viral infection that had affected her bone marrow, causing multiple organ failure, according to sources close to the family.
The deceased will be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Apala, Alebtong district on Saturday.
Prior, there was a vigil held at her home in Naalya, funeral service at St Luke Ntinda before the body was transported to Lira and lay at her mother's home in Adekokwok outside Lira town.
There will be a funeral service on Friday at 10.00am at St. Augustine Church Barogole in Lira Municipality before the body is transported to Alebtong for burial in Apala on Saturday.
Apunyo worked as Project Director, CARE international (August 1996 - June 2000), Country Representative Pathfinder international (March 2005 - January 2010).
She was an active member of Rotary International, the chairperson Lango Development Forum and a public health consultant till her death
She was the best candidate in Uganda in 1977 in her Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) and the second best in Uganda in O- Level at Gayaza High School.
At Makerere she won many awards. Her father Charles Apunyo Acar studied law in Oxford University in late sixties but did not complete when Obote government decided to deport him.
Many people have paid tribute to her, mostly on social media.
Dickson Ogwang, a diplomat in Uganda mission in the US said she was a "solid, clear-headed professional and a true friend".
Sam Atul, a radio manager in Lira, said: "Death is a rude reminder that this world is not our home."
"We have lost our very own, a founder member of Lango Development Forum, an all-time mentor, a many young people's role model, a brand in the Country's Health Department. we have lost an elite, brilliant and a generational doctor yet a down to earth citizen," wrote Andrew Onen.