Parliament has unprecedentedly recruited a Principal Press Secretary to specifically handle the office of the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that Mr. Sam Obbo reported for duty on Wednesday and is sitting at the Speaker’s chambers together with the Principal Communications Officer, Moses Bwolatum.
This investigative website understands that Obbo was headhunted and interviewed by a panel at Parliament on Wednesday last week.
Knowledgeable sources told us that Parliament recently decided to recruit two press secretaries to handle social media for the Speaker and her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah. Indeed, on Wednesday Obbo was interviewed with a lady identified as Brenda Atim to work for Oulanyah.
It remains unclear how the title changed from press secretary to Principal Press Secretary to the Speaker. Obbo was seen being handled on Wednesday by senior people at the office of the Speaker.
The press secretary for the Deputy Speaker is however, yet to report to work.
Also on Wednesday last week, another man was interviewed to become the personal assistant for one of the Speakers.
According to sources, Parliament Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Mr. Chris Obore, who is out of the country is currently not at the best of terms with the sixth floor and has drastically reduced his appearances there.
Sam Obbo, just like Obore worked at Daily Monitor, as the Copy Editor. Obore formerly worked as the Investigations Editor at the Namwongo based daily newspaper.
When contacted on phone to confirm the development, the Deputy Director of Communications, Ranny Ismail referred us to the Manager in charge of Public Relations, Hellen Kawesa, who also referred us to the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige.
Clerk’s office informed us that she was engaged in a meeting.
ChimpReports understands, the Land Commission Inquiry Chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire asked Kadaga to sack Obore after he criticized the Land Commission boss’ methods of work.
Since then, Obore chose to keep a low profile. On her part, Kadaga purportedly accused Obore of working for Janet Museveni, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, former premier Amama Mbabazi and deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
Kadaga is serving her last term as Speaker of Parliament and could only rise to the position of Vice President or President.
However, the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) recently endorsed Museveni to contest for another term of office.
And for decades, Museveni has preserved the Vice President position for Catholic Baganda for regional balance.
The previous Baganda Vice Presidents include Edward Ssekandi, Samson Kisseka and Gilbert Bukenya.
This means Kadaga will either retire from politics or give the presidency a shot.