Rugunda Donates Shs5m to Journalists’ SACCO

Prime Minister, for sale Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called for stronger ties between the government and the media in order to disseminate correct information.

He said only through such communication would the people benefit from government programmes.

“The media are entitled to authoritative positions so that they can also authoritatively inform the masses but they should avoid speculative reporting, store ” he noted.

He said the media was a powerful tool which could build or destroy, urging stakeholders to use it well.

This was during his first meeting with members of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) since he became Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, at the President’s Office today (Thursday).

He said government organs should take proactively deliberate actions to inform the media about their programmes.

David Bahati, the vice chairman of the NRM Caucus and MP for Ndorwa County West in Kabale district, said Parliament was committed to such interactions with the press because they benefit the population.

“We do not in any way intend to influence you, but to work with you objectively,” he explained. He said Parliament was scrutinising requests for eight loans to implement various projects, including Karuma and Isimba power stations, and roads in Kanungu.


The Prime Minister responded to the UPPA President, Agnes Nandutu’s request for support to the Parliamentary Press Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisation (SACCO), with a Shs 5m donation.

Nandutu also appealed to the Prime Minister to impress it upon ministers and other government officials that they should stop shying off interaction with the media, saying they were denying the government the necessary publicity or critique of its programmes.

There was an interactive session with the journalists in which Dr Rugunda clarified a number of issues. These included restructuring NAADS, government transparency and accountability, land conflicts and legal reforms for the 2016 general elections.

“Democracy is Point No. 1 of the NRM programme and we do not want to see any fraudulent election,” Dr Rugunda explained. He attributed the delay to table electoral reform proposals to various stakeholders who were yet to make their essential input.

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