Kiwanda being flanked by Kiyimba shortly after the discourse yesterday
Kiwanda visits UJA Hqrs, urged scribes to lobby for emyooga
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi has urged members of the fourth estate to ensure that they do not only depend on their newsrooms for a livelihood, but get organized and be part of those groups to benefit from the government emyooga program.
Hon.Kiwanda made the remarks yesterday during a courtesy call to the headquarters of the Uganda journalists Association (UJA) in Kawempe division were he joined the scribes in a scheduled discourse.
He urged the leadership of UJA to come up with a proposal written to the state minister for Micro finance requesting to be one of the beneficiary groups that shall benefit from the emyooga program of government.
The emyooga program worth billions of dime is set to be distributed to well organized and trained groups of people largely from the low income communities in the country to help them as startup capital in undertaking income generating projects.
The minister pledged to linkup with his colleague in ensuring that the scribes of Uganda are among those groups to access those funds because it was clear that their respective media houses do not pay them well as it should be.
He congratulated them for securing a permanent home located behind Tick hotel along the Kampala-Bombo road highway in Keti Falawo zone saying he looks forward to linking up with some friends for possibly extending future support to UJA.
The UJA administrator Richard Kiyimba who hosted the minister and moderated the discourse said they would continue inviting people to come and engage with his members in discussing key national issues that affect the county.
Kiyimba thanked the minister for accepting to come and also making a humble contribution to the Association saying it was gratifying hosting him.
The minister strongly criticized the brutal force as meted out by the Police and UPDF personnel last Saturday to a humble merrymaking event hosted by officials from Buganda kingdom and senior members of the clergy who were celebrating the achievements of Omutaaka Gajuule from one of the popular clans in Mityana district.
The visibly angry cops reportedly descended on the well organized event and ruthlessly unleashed a barrage of teargas canisters’ which sent the largely elderly members into disarray with many chocking on the teargas.
The incident has since then attracted strong condemnation from both the church and Buganda kingdom who demanded for an apology.
Kiwanda while reacting to the nasty incident wondered as to why the Police which is expected to be trained and seen to act professionally can clandestinely degenerate into such behavior.
The minister warned that such behavior by the Police is directly having a negative impact on the tourism industry of Uganda as no tourist can risk visiting a country whose security forces openly clubbers its citizens with impunity.