The leadership of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) has come out in defense of their proposition to be paid a monthly allowance by government.
UPPA unites all reporters accredited to cover parliament proceedings.
Yesterday, the leaders of the association met with the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and among others made the allowance proposition.
The group also called for Kadaga’s support in setting up their Sacco to improve their livelihood.
The move was however, sternly criticized on social media, including some members of media fraternity.
Speaking to ChimpReports this afternoon however, UPPA President Mr. Moses Mulondo (New Vision) defended the position of the association, saying that while he was somehow misquoted yesterday, the association remains keen on ensuring that journalist’s welfare is worked upon.
He added that although some media houses are paying scribes handsomely, some outlets either due to inability or in contempt are not following course.
Not surprising, he says, freelance journalists constitute the majority of those adversely affected by these pay disparities.
“I am not fighting for myself because I am among the well paid journalists in the country. I am fighting for the freelancers, I am told some don’t earn even 300,000 in a month yet they have been working tirelessly”, Mulondo states.
For this reason, he said, nothing will stop the UPPA executive from meeting with key political and technical leaders to have this problem resolved once and for all.
Despite public criticism, Mulondo also vowed to meet other key leaders including President Yoweri Museveni, if opportunity avails itself.
In a statement posted on the parliamentary journalists whatsapp platform today, Mulondo described the public backlash as “good news since it has created an opportunity to have public debate on the welfare of journalists.”
UPPA consists of 265 journalists accredited to cover the 10th Parliament.
Ideally, Journalists are supposed not to seek favors from any party as this might influence the way they report news.