By Frank Kimuli
With 55 years of existence as an association uniting journalists in Ugandan, the Uganda Journalists Association UJA awaits elections for a new Board this year.
The elections should have been held on August 10 but were postponed to September 8, 2018, through an announcement by the current UJA President Robert Kagoro, apparently to give members more time to renew their subscription as well as register new members.
“This time only registered members as practicing journalists will be allowed to vote at Tick Hotel Kawempe. If you don’t qualify in the above category don’t bother because security will be tight and you will be bounced at the gate,” Kagoro stated in the announcement.
Nominations for most of the elective positions are closed. The race for the presidency seems to be between two people: Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira of Vision Group and Abu Baker Lubowa of NBS Television.
These are aggressively using social media platforms as well as mobilising colleagues in their media houses to stand behind them.
In his campaign speech during his famous Ekilya atabaala the news magazine show on Bukede Radio Kazibwe promised to set up a functional Secretariat at UJA. He promised to rebrand UJA and ensure that it fully reflects the views and interests of journalists.
On the other hand, Lubowa promised to “revive the lost UJA glory” and to promote togetherness among journalists. He said he would make UJA stronger and bring it to the same level of professionalism as the Ugandan Law Society.
In the race for Vice President is Mathias Rukundo of Bukedde Television and Isaac Katende alias Kasuku of Dembe FM and Spark Television. We are keenly following this story and will give you updates.