RUKUNGIRI – The former state Minister for Information and Technology and current Director for the Rural Development Fund at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) George William Nyombi Thembo has called on people to use media houses as a tool for education.
Mr Nyombi assured Rukungiri residents that government will contribute 10 million shillings to the upgrading of Kyitazigurikwa Primary School and also promised to supply the school with computers and internet.
“Government is committed to work with media houses that help in educating Ugandans. Am glad for Boona radio thinking about the dedication of the disabled and giving them hope for the future,” said Mr Thembo.
Mr Thembo made these remarks during a speech where he represented, Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Director as the chief guest.
This was at the second year anniversary of Boona Radio dubbed Ekiguutuuro kya Boona FM at Rukungiri main stadium that was held on Saturday, July 27.
He noted that for a place to develop there must be co-operation among the leaders and their electorate.
He also urged the residents of Rukungiri district and Kigezi region where he was speaking at the media event to cooperate despite their different political affiliations, if they are to develop their area.
He also hailed the directors of Boona radio for being educative, informative and entertaining adding that it the radio’s content “one of a kind in Uganda that is changing the lives of many both financially and materially.”
The State Minister for housing and urban planning, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kinkizi East constituency also hailed the directors of Boona radio for thinking about such an investment that is boosting development not only in the district but in the country at large.
Dr Baryomunsi pledged a contribution of UGX 1 million to the impaired pupils’ section at Kyitazigurikwa Primary School.
The Member of Parliament for Rubabo County, Mary Pula Turyahikayo noted that politicking has killed the development of the country.
She urged the area residents to put development at the forefront. She also contributed UGX 1 million shillings to help the lame, dumb and visually-impaired pupils at Kitazigurikwa Primary School.
Hon. Betty Bamukwasa Muzanira, the woman Member of Parliament Rukungiri district hailed Boona radio for its educative and informative programming exhibited in these two years saying that it has changed the lives of many.
The Rukungiri municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Mugume Roland Kaginda hailed the residents of Rukungiri district for supporting Boona FM since it’s inception in 2017.
He praised Boona FM for the quality service that they render to the community thus imploring them to keep on the right track of speaking the truth.
Wenceslas Maanige, the Director Boona FM hailed the station Manager, the radio staff and ardent listeners for the good work done in ensuring quality delivery of events that concern the development of the community.
He requested UCC, the regulator to equip them with computers so as to ease their work of serving Ugandans.
Boona FM’s Station Manager, Santurina Namanya Kachene asked the government to look at how journalists are handled during their course of duty noting that they work under intimidation which at times limits them from making diligently carrying out their duties.
“We have for long worked in a fragile environment, discrimination and intimidation from both private and government entities in pertaining our duties of informing the Ugandans,” Kachene noted.
Others prominent personalities in attendance included the Rukungiri and Kabale district Chairpersons, Rukungiri Municipality Mayor Charles Makuru, religious and political leaders and many well wishes among others.
Boona FM has pledged to construct a special-needs toilet at the school in addition to the UGX 12 million cash donation.