Parliament Officially Unveils Kadaga’s Principal Press Secretary

The office of the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday officially unveiled the newly recruited Speaker’s Principal Press Secretary, Sam Obbo.

The office explained that Mr. Obbo’s job description is not a private secretary to an individual (Kadaga) but a principal position to serve the office.

“We need to set the record clear; he (Obbo) is not going to serve as a private secretary but a Principal press Secretary to the Speaker as head of the institution (Parliament),” said the Speaker’s personal assistant.

He added that Obbo is going to operate under the Directorate of Communications and Public Affairs and will be reporting to Director, Chris Obore.

ChimpReports on Wednesday broke the story of Obbo’s outsourcing and recruitment. The position was not advertised.

Obbo’s profile

The 51 year old Sam Obbo has a long curriculum vitae stretching from 1985 to present.

This website has seen his as presented to the Parliament human resource and interviewing panel on Wednesday last week.



Sept 1994 – Sept 1995                   : Master of Arts degree in International Journalism

                                                              [City University, London, Britain]

Sept 1984 – June 1985  : Diploma in French

                                                                 [Institute of Public Administration — Kampala]

It was renamed Uganda Management Institute or UMI

Sept 1980 – June 1981  : Diploma in Journalism

                                                                  [Uganda School of Journalism, K’la (at present UMI]


July 1997 – Aug 1997                     : Certificate in Civic/Public Journalism

                                                                 [Washington DC, United States of America]

10/07/95 – 21/07/95                   : Certificate in Environmental Journalism

                                                [Green College, Oxford University, Britain]

Sept 1986 – Mar 1987                   : Certificate in Multi Media Journalism

                                                                  [Le Centre International de Journalism, Paris, France]

March 2009                                       : Certificate in Writing Corporate Governance issues

                                                             [Reuters — Lusaka, Zambia]

June 2006                                           : Certificate in Writing International News

                                                                [Reuters — Nairobi, Kenya]

July 2006                                             : Certificate in Effective Management skills. [Kampala]

Sept 1983 – June 1984  : Certificate in French

                                                [Institute of Public Administration — Kampala]


Aug 2007 – Present                        : Media Consultant

: I am a biographer (for some of our senior citizens).

: I am a Consulting Editor for the United Nations African Institute for the Rehabilitation and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), in Kampala.

Feb 2008 – Nov 2016     : Consulting Editor for the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU). Among other issues, I produced their quarterly journals.

Aug 2007 to late 2008   : I co-produced a 300-page book titled ‘Uganda: A Picture History: 1857 to 2007’ for Fountain Publishers. As the Research Editor, I compiled and co-edited it. It’s been on sale, locally and abroad, since December 2008.

Dec 2004 – Aug 2007     : Deputy Sunday Editor, Daily Monitor, Kampala.

June 2004 – Dec 2004                    : Sub Editor, The Monitor newspaper, Kampala.

May 2003 – May 2004   : Copy Editor, The Monitor newspaper, Kampala.

May 2002 Present                        : Editor / Director, Alpha Media, Kampala.

Feb 2001 – June 2001                    : Chief News Editor, WBS Television, Kampala.

Oct 1999 – Feb 2001                      : News Editor, The Voice Newspaper, Kampala.

May 1986 – Nov 1996                    : The New Vision Newspaper, Kampala.

–              Senior Staff Writer [Head, Investigations Desk]

–              Ag. Deputy News Editor,

–              Assistant News Editor— Foreign News

–              Senior Reporter



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