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Daily Monitor Managing Editor Quits Over Opinion Poll

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The united opposition for the Busia LC5 by-elections have demonstrated disagreement over the move by Electoral Commission (EC) to disrupt the election campaigns.
Speaking to journalists, more about http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/post_footer/31_set.php Democratic Party (DP) president, medicine Norbert Mao noted that they have learnt that EC had moved to disorganize the campaign program by allowing president Museveni to campaign for the NRM candidate on dates (18th to 20th January), and places that were earlier designated for the opposition according to the campaign program.
Mao said this clearly displays that the electoral Commission is continuing to act by the directives of president Museveni and not operating independently.
“This is not the first time, EC is behaving in such a manner, I was equally antagonised in my presidential campaigns in 2011 when president Museveni was campaigning in Ntungamo,” Mao quarrelled.
“We shall stay in the places that we have to be campaigning as earlier stipulated by the campaign program and we shall not allow to be transferred to other destinations.”
Mao added that the immense pressure mounting on the NRM in Busia had sparked off many reactions which included “police officers openly campaigning for the NRM candidate.”
Opposition candidate and member of the Democratic Party, Hasubi Deo Njoki will be facing off with NRM’s Samuel Ekoju.
The Busia LC5 Chairperson seat fell vacant after, Patrick Wedakule was disqualified by the Court of Appeal which ruled that he had abused the Office.
The Electoral Commission (EC) set January 22nd as the polling date for the by-election after the nomination of candidates that shall be conducted on December 3rd and 4th, 2014, at Busia District Headquarters.

 
Daily Monitor Managing Editor Don Wanyama has asked to leave the Namuwongo-based newspaper, search http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-includes/ms-default-filters.php Chimp Corps report.

The Publication’s Executive Editor Malcom Gibson confirmed Don’s exit in an email: “As part of that restructuring, malady http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-admin/includes/image.php the position of managing editor/ reporting has been eliminated, remedy effective immediately, which means Don Wanyama is no longer a part of the editorial operations of MPL. We send our best wishes to Don in his future endevours.” Malcom Gibson, executive editor.

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Wanyama’s decision followed a huge internal power struggle, with editors fighting over stories.

Just yesterday, Monitor published a poll showing President Museveni was leading in rankings ahead of the 2016 elections and that FDC leader Kizza Besigye was trailing at 2 percent.

The story touched off condemnation from radical opposition leaders, specifically Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu who claimed it was not sponsored by the newspaper.

Chimpreports understands the poll was commissioned by higher officials and that junior staff were not aware about it.

Wanyama has been in the hot seat for a short period following the firing of Daniel Kalinaki whom government had accused of favouring the opposition.

Wanyama’s departure will be seen as a big blow to the company which he has worked for almost a decade but during his reign, some people felt offended by his style of work.

He rose from chief sub-editor to Managing Editor position. Sources said he will be ‘compensated handsomely’ before the newsroom is restructured.

It remains unclear if Wafula influenced the sacking of Wanyama.

In his post on Facebook, Wafula was concerned that Amama Mbabazi was portrayed as weak by the Monday opinion poll.

Opposition are courting Mbabazi to join their coalition to give President Museveni a run for his money in 2016

 Professionalism 

The firing of Wanyama has since raised eyebrows in the corridors of power.

Presidential advisor, Morrison Rwakakamba noted: “If it is true that Daily Monitor fired brother Don Wanyama Innocent because as a senior Editor he wanted ethical journalism based on Truth and accuracy, fairness and impartiality, humanity, accountability and independence – then there are ethical issues indeed going on at Daily Monitor.”

He added: “Today the Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu was chest thumbing on Facebook as he brazenly dismissed the recent Daily Monitor opinion poll.  He says the poll was fake and seemed to communicate a “wait and see” tendency.  Questions like – Is professional journalism at Daily Monitor only feasible when Editors give preference to coverage and opinions that present government and NRM in bad light?”

“I thought professional and ethical journalism is about the principles i mentioned above. Yes, sometimes Daily Monitor covers government activities and views positively – but the news of firing of a brutally professional Wanyama are disturbing. We await their reasons if their policy allows them the make such information public.”

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