Museveni Wants Gov’t-Owned Journalism Institute

The African Union Peace and Security Council held its 515th Summit in ??Johannesburg at the sidelines of the 25th AU Summit, information pills with leaders focusing on the crises in South Sudan and Burundi.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, ed current Chairperson of IGAD attended the Summit.

African Union Chairperson Dr Dlamini Zuma and President Museveni said the ongoing conflict in South Sudan should end to stop the intolerable suffering of the people.

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Jan Eliason, there UN Under Secretary, assured UN’s full support to the AU Adhoc Committee and IGAD in search for peace in South Sudan.

Hailemariam noted that “IGAD held more than nine Summits to resolve the monumental challenge,” adding, “South Sudan conflict poses immense regional and continental implications.”

He said complementary efforts have also been made by the Arusha process, focusing on intra-party unity to contribute to the overall peace process.

However, Hailemariam highlighted that after 18 months of talks, the situation on the ground continues to be precarious.

“The lack of trust between the parties to the conflict continues to be a major obstacle to the negotiation,” he added.

He advised that the negotiations should be completed in the shortest time possible and urged the Summit to implore the warring factions to reach a settlement.

Hailemariam also welcomed the appointment of former President of Mali, Professor Alpha Omar Konare as AU High Representative for ??South Sudan

“IGAD and African Union’s Peace and Security Council cooperation is indeed a true reflection of the principles of complementary as enshrined in the African Union Peace and Security Architecture,” he added.

The war in South Sudan has killed thousands of innocent people and pushed the country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.
President Museveni has revealed that government should set up a journalism school in Uganda to boost the skills of aspiring member of the press, this Chimp Corps report.

“To enhance professional journalism and media reportage, Government should put in place an institute for training journalists beyond the university courses, particularly in investigative and financial reporting and to practice responsible journalism,” said Museveni on Saturday.

Museveni made the remarks during the 23rd Summit of the African Peer Review Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

There have been concerns about the quality of journalism in Uganda, with many complaining it’s far below international standards.

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has since taken the lead in empowering members of the press with practical skills to practice professional journalism.

Museveni said, “As of now, somebody just declares himself a journalist and starts writing without any skills.”

President Museveni did not give more details on the project.

However, informed sources say the idea of government putting in place a journalism school was raised in cabinet recently.

This followed complaints by government officials and tourism industry stakeholders that negative reporting was gradually destroying the country’s reputation.


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