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Tumwebaze Warns Media Centre Bosses


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While handling over office instruments to the newly appointed Executive Director, Ofwono Opondo, the outgoing boss, Fred Opolot said the Shs500m budget allocated to the centre is only a drop in an ocean considering the rate at which more media houses are coming in.

“All these houses especially electronic are looking up to us for all sorts of information pertaining government business and we have to deliver because the public have a right to such information,” said Opondo.

Also speaking at the event was Minister for Presidency, Hon Frank Tumwebaze, who highlighted a dire need for revitalization of services at the centre.

“We need to get rid of the old tradition of ‘No Comment’ which has for long been a trademark for most of our government institutions.”

The center should now be working 24/7 as is the case in many other countries, holding press conferences even at midnight because anytime is news time,” he said.

Opolot is joining the Ministry of Internal Affairs as “Minister Counselor.”

Meanwhile, Opondo who will be deputized by former army spokesperson, Lt Col Shaban Bantariza, pending his official resignation from the UPDF.

Information Minister Hon. Rose Namayanja also emphasized the media centre’s core mandate of steering a robust communication function for government agencies.

She said government has laid out a grand communication strategy in which 40 spokespersons of ministries and government departments are being trained by experts from Canada, who in turn will train district information officers and other government publicists towards this objective.

On his turn, Col Bantariza told reporters on a light note that he is now a freeman to speak anything about government and the UPDF unlike in the past where he was curtailed by the army regulations.


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