The former Daily Monitor Managing Editor, Don Wanyama, has been appointed as President Museveni’s Special Media Assistant.
This was revealed in a short statement by Presidency Minister, Frank Tumwebaze.
“H.E Yoweri. K. Museveni in his capacity as the National chairman of NRM, has appointed Mr Don Wanyama as his Special media assistant in the office of the National Chairman of NRM,” said Tumwebaze.
“Mr Don Wanyama, brings a wealthy of communication expertise to the NRM fraternity. Congrats my brother Don!”
Mr Wanyama was relieved of his duties at the Namuwongo based newspaper, after he ordered publication of results of a controversial opinion poll that was deemed favoring the ruling NRM government under President Yoweri Museveni.
The poll showed that Museveni was leading in rankings ahead of the 2016 elections and that FDC leader Kizza Besigye was trailing at 2 percent.
The story touched off condemnation from radical opposition leaders, specifically Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu who claimed it was not sponsored by the newspaper.
Wanyama’s subsequent dismissal was negatively received by most NRM leaders and supporters who questioned the Monitor Publication’s professionalism.
Two months later as pressure intensified, Monitor’s Executive Editor Malcolm Gibson who was behind Wanyama’s sacking was also compelled to resign.
It is also alleged that Malcolm had twice met former Prime Minister Hon Amama Mbabazi, who just recently announced intentions to contest against his boss President Yoweri Museveni.
Don Wanyama on hearing the news of his new appointment said he felt honored and humbled.
“This is a demonstration of the faith that the party chairman has in the young cadres. I will serve with dedication, especially since the deployment lies within my specialized skills,” he told ChimpReports on Sunday.