Monitor, Chimpreports to Head Parliamentary Journalists Association

The President of the UPPA Isaac Imaka (C) together with his deputy Joseph Sabiiti (L) and Secretary General Dickens Okello (R)

Journalists under the Ugandan Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) on Friday went to polls to elect their new leadership, here amidst tight rivalry.

A team of twelve members eventually was elected to serve in different capacities in body that unites dozens of reporters at Parliament.

Daily Monitor's Isaac Imaka the new UPPA President

Daily Monitor’s Isaac Imaka the new UPPA President

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The contest started early this month when members nominated contestants to battle for the leadership posts. It was at this point that Chimpreports’ Dickens Okello Honeystraw was nominated unopposed for the position of the Secretary General.

Other members that were nominated unopposed included; NBS’ Sam Ibanda Mugabi as a committee member representing Television reporters, Rose Kasigwa for Radio, Nasser Kasozi for Online reporters, New Vision’s Nicolas Wasajja representing the print media.

In today’s elections, a tough contest was between NBS’ Joseph Sabiti, Moses Walugembe and Vincent Kasozi who were vying for the position of Vice President of the association. Sabiiti trounced the others garnering 55 votes against Kasozi’s 53 and Walugembe’s 13.

Joseph Sabiiti and Imaka could barely handle the pressure at the vote counting started.

Joseph Sabiiti and Imaka could barely handle the pressure as the vote counting started.

Daily Monitor’s Isaac Emaka found hard time taking on New Vision’s Moses Mulondo and Radio Sapiensa’s Francis Lubega. He nonetheless beat the duo, getting 64 votes against 49 and 9 respectively.

Another big battle was among Top TV’s Godfrey Kiyingi, Kizito Musoke and Ivan Mponye who wanted the position of Welfare where members tallied 49, 47 and 26 respectively.

The new UPPA Leadership

The new UPPA Leadership

The treasury was taken by Abdul Salaam Kinobe while Olive Eyoteru won the Organizing Secretary’s seat.

In his victory speech, UPPA president elect, Imaka appreciated all that participated in the process and vowed to work towards reviving the image of the journalism profession in the country, particularly at Parliament.

New Vision’s Moses Mulondo congratulated his contender but advised him to always look up to every one else for advice on how to revive the association.

“The winner takes it all should not be the case here. We all ought to work together for the good of the association,” Mulondo said.


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