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Imaka tired of Monitor food, quits to lay new footing

Daily Monitor offers staffers subsided lunch. At just Shs1, recipe 000, you would eat like a mayor. You just have to see the many chubby cheeks who join Namuwongo looking scrawnier than refugees only to slurp soup for a few days and look like they were weaned on chapa mandazi.

Parliament canteen also offers some sumptuous menu. The sausages are said to be the only thing that would make Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah forget his bow tie. Isaac Imaka, as a Parliament reporter, lives the life.

But all these have turned to just another sugar candy mountain in Imaka’s head. The reporter yesterday tendered in his resignation. Destination?

The president of Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) has decided to set a new footing with a political and public affairs think-tank. The think-tank, Amandla, is said to be managed by Imaka and a professor we are yet to identify, and one other partner.

On Sunday, Imaka had posted on his Facebook wall: “That excitement that comes with knowing that you have made up thy mind and made the right decision.”

Sources close to Imaka said he will be resigning his UPPA presidency role today, but the staunch Kyabazinga supporter will be maintaining his journalism presence at online site, Eagle.

Imaka’s exit comes at a time the Namuwongo-based newspaper is grappling with staffing issues after laying off some, only to receive resignations from others who had for some time planned on life outside the newsroom.

Janet Napio, a former Radio One presenter, quit Namuwongo for African Centre for Media Excellence just days after the layoff. As managers shuffled desks to fill the void she had created, Sheila Wamboga sent in her resignation on May 15.

Wamboga will, beginning July, take up a new career shift as a communications officer with the Judiciary.

 

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