Zarinah Speaks Exclusively To Chimpreports On Police Saga


Ms Lucy Anyango Ekadu, advice dosage the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) President and Chairperson Eastern Uganda Press Club, joins other journalists from 20 African countries, who will train in Mass Communication and International Relations starting December2, 2011.

According to Uganda Journalists Union Secretary General Stephen Ouma, the course was organized by the Cairo based Union of African Journalists (UAJ) in conjunction with the Egyptian Information Ministry and sponsored by the Egyptian government.

“Lucy Ekadu is the 18th Ugandan journalist to receive the Egyptian scholarship under the UJU partnership and is the fifth upcountry journalist to benefit from the programme,” Ouma said in a statement.

The other upcountry journalists who have trained under the programme are Patrick Alion – Voice of Life (Arua), Hon Ronah Ninsiima – Radio West (Mbarara) and Moses Lwochaza – Radio Simba (Jinja).

Egyptian Ambassador to Uganda His Excellency Sabry Sabry said his government would continue sponsoring Ugandan journalists to develop their professional careers. “We support training of journalists, an independent, free but responsible media that helps in developing the country” he said.

Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) Vice President Mr Norman Katende applauded Egyptian government sponsorship in training Ugandan journalists to develop human resource manpower.

He said UJU would continue to strengthen links and partnership with the Union of Africa Journalists to train more Ugandan journalists. “UJU would strengthen links with Egyptian partners in pursuit of training Ugandan journalists,” he said.

Uganda Journalists Union that is affiliated to the Brussels based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has a membership of over 800 Journalists.

Speaking from South Africa, unhealthy Zarinah explained to our editor Giles Muhame how police asked her on why she was holding interviews at a hotel in Kampala.

The singer had earlier said she intended to recruit Ugandans as her employees in South Africa.

She runs a string of eight colleges in South Africa including the famous Brookyln City College.

This is what is she told our editor:

I wasn’t arrested. I was ordered to go to Kabalagala police station just to help in investigations regarding the motive behind holding interviews at Muyenga Club at night.

The interviews were scheduled to start from 12-5pm but most applicants were coming from different cities of Uganda so that delayed the process.

The interviews were about the shortlisting of qualified engineering lecturers to lecturer at my eight South Africa colleges.

There is a shortage of such skills. Previously I was employing Zimbabweans, story South Africans among others from different nations.

So this time around I wanted to give my own people jobs.

I was notified by the Officer in Charge of Kabalagala Police Station that such interviews were allowed but after careful consideration of the legal process of which I didn’t have knowledge about.

At the station, patient all the applicants were interrogated and were subsequently let free without charge. They were advised to follow the correct procedure.

Previously, people extorted money from the Ugandans promising them jobs abroad so I think this is why government officials have set up tough rules. Much as they want to protect citizens from unscrupulous people, this was not the case. I had jobs for them.

All the travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred by the applicants were to be incurred by me –the employer.

I am back to South Africa and resuming duties tomorrow (Thursday).


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