MP Amoru to Lead Parliamentary Forum on Media

The Dokolo County Member of Parliament, approved Paul Amoru Amiat has been elected to steer the interim committee of Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Media.

Amoru was put in the position on Thursday to relieve the founding Chairperson, price Mariam Nalubega who is said to be preparing for the East African Legislative Assembly in 2017.

Amoru went through unopposed and is going to be deputized by Rakai district woman Member of Parliament, Juliet SuubiKinyamatama.

Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Media is an organization of Members of Parliament committed to serving the people of Uganda by promoting freedom of speech and expression, media friendly legislation and responsibility.

The mission of the non-partisan organization is to achieve a free, professional, self-regulated media working in decent conditions to play its rightful role in a peaceful and democratic society.

The Forum which is the brain child of Uganda Parliamentary Press Association was launched on 6th November 2013 at Parliament by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who is also its patron. The UPFM was born out of the need to have media agenda and freedom of expression well-articulated on the floor of Parliament.

Amoru and his team are going to serve for two months and also organize a general meeting to elect new executives.

UPFM outgoing and incoming members

UPFM outgoing and incoming members

Amoru reportedly went straight to the Forum’s secretariat in May, the day he stepped in Parliament as an MP, with an interest to chair it. His dream partially came true yesterday and reportedly still aiming to lead the executive of UPFM when the tenure of the interim committee expires.

The legislator served as the Deputy News Editor, Monitor Publications Limited from 2011 to 2012 having worked at the same company as the Bureau Chief for Northern Uganda from 2009 to 2010.

He was a Graduate Trainee, Nation Media Group – Nairobi from 2007 to 2008 and also reported for the monitor for over 10 years.

He served as the Public Relations Officer Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) from 2012 to November 2015, Public Relations Officer Kumi University in 2007, President Uganda National Students Association (UNSA), from 2006 to 2007 and Guild President Uganda Christian University, Mukono from 2005 to 2006.

Other MPs in the interim committee are Francis Mwijukyeof Buhweju County as the Secretary General and Amule Doreen of Amolatar District is now the Treasurer.

The outgoing chairperson forum Nalubega appealed to the new leaders to work hard take the Forum to another level.

“This forum is so important and we gave it all we could to make it this vibrant. I am appealing to the interim committee and the subsequent leadership to not only consolidate it but also make it even better,” Ms. Nalubega said.

Nalubega and her team including Okeyo Peter who was the Deputy Chairperson and others are known to have attracted massive support for the Forum from mainly donors.

The election was presided over by the ChimpReport’s Dickens H Okello who is also the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association’s Secretary General.


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