James Rwehabura Tumusiime, 69, has been appointed by the Ugandan Cabinet to lead the Board of Directors of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) for a three year term.
Tumusiime, Managing Director of Fountain Publishers Ltd, Tour guide Publications and Igongo Cultural Center, also served as New Vision’s founding chief executive officer.
The approved board members as announced by government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo on Tuesday include Maj Chris Magezi, Spokesman for Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba; Ms Hadijja Nassanga Miiro, Mr Mike Okua, Mr Richard Barungi and women activist and former RDC Ms Tezira Jamwa.
Others are Ms Sarah Namumbya and current UBC Managing Director, Mr Winston Agaba.
Contacted for comment, Maj Magezi thanked his superiors, and government, for “demonstrating the level of confidence and trust in me with this enormous task. I do not take it lightly.”
He added: “I, along with my other colleagues on the board and the entire staff at UBC will work together and do everything in our power to empower UBC as a competitive and successful public service broadcaster that it ought to be.”
Cabinet also approved the Members of Board of Directors of Uganda Post limited (UPL) for a three year term led by former Budiope Member of Parliament Suleiman Balyejusa Kirunda.
They include Ms Dorothy Telopecho Butuli as representative for People With Disabilities; city lawyer, Mr Hussein Kashillingi Rugaba, Mr Richard Mwesiga, Mr Herbert Kiggundu Mugerwa and Senior Youth Presidential advisor, Ms Lillian Aber.
Asked what the appointment means to him, Kashillingi, observed: “It means the appointing authority has confidence in my ability to steer Uganda Posta Limited to deliver on its mandate. It also shows the confidence Cabinet and government as a whole has in me to be uniquely placed in this public enterprise.”
Kashillingi, who previously served as presidential legal advisor, told ChimpReports he hoped to “work with fellow Directors to create a cohesive team that will deliver on the core mandate of Posta and justify its continued existence. We will be able to get value for money and run it as a business enterprise and hopefully by the end of our term, it will be generating its own revenue to run all its activities.”
The appointments come at a time the two bodies are struggling with debts, weak human resource and poor technology in a fast-evolving world.
ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze said Boards are governance organs of those institutions and are provided for by law.
“They provide close supervision and oversight to management on behalf of government,” said Tumwebaze.
The Minister said he expects “Effective supervision of those institutions to ensure they meet their goals.”
Lt Gen Kainerugaba congratulated “comrades Chris Magezi, Hussein Kashillingi and Lillian Aber for being appointed by Cabinet members of the board for Uganda Broadcasting Corporation and Uganda Post Limited,” saying, “The youth are indeed taking their rightful place at the head of the nation.”