Media fraternity in Northern Uganda yesterday woke to the shocking news of the demised of one of their senior colleagues Venice Omona.
Omona, a veteran journalist and proprietor of radio 4 breath his last on Thursday afternoon from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where he had been admitted. His death had been attributed to a number of health complication.
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of veteran journalist Venice Omona. He was a pioneering media entrepreneur who was among, if not the first person to set up a privately owned FM radio—Radio in Gulu” Moses Odonkonyero, the chairperson, Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC), wrote as he mourned his fallen comrade.
He work record with Radio Uganda besides serving as a journalism lecturer at Makerere University Gulu Branch in the early days and Northern Institute of Business Studies respectively.
According to Moses, despite having retired from active journalism, Omona was still active and involved in generating ideas on professionalizing journalism, particularly in northern Uganda.
“I bumped on him a year or so ago at Layibi centre and we had a long hearty chat by the roadside about media development and all I can say is May his soul rest in eternal peace”
At the age of 70, Omona had been laid to a peaceful rest at Layibi corner, Layibi Division in Gulu Municipality in an occasion witnessed by a handful of media personnel following restriction steming from COVID 19 scar.