KAMPALA – Gen Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Party has appointed senior Observer newspaper journalist Sulaiman Kakaire) as spokesman days after Bobi Wine unveiled former NTV Uganda news anchor Joel Ssenyonyi for his People Power in the same capacity
Mr Kakaire was unveiled on Friday May 10, 2019 during a meeting between ANT leadership and media editors.
Mr. Kakaire is an accomplished investigative reporter with a buckle of experience working at Parliament.
Gen Muntu explained to them the party’s direction ahead of the launch slated for May 23, 2019.
The party received its registration certificate from the Electoral Commission (EC) in April, 2019.
The appointment of Kakaire, also a lawyer who graduated from Law Development Centre in 2018, was welcomed by contemporaries.
At this rate, newsrooms will be left with nothing! @mugishamuntu has appointed @observerug journalist Sulaiman Kakaire as interim spox of @TheAllianceUG days after @HEBobiwine pick @JoelSsenyonyi as #PeoplePower spokesman pic.twitter.com/uKAIdQDk17
— Sadab Kitatta (@sadabkitatta79) May 10, 2019
“All the best to my colleagues. It shows that journalists are now taking keen interest in the affairs of their country. Very positive development,” Charles Opolot, a seasoned journalist said.
Another journalist Raymond Mujuni of the NBS Televsion decried the massive poaching by political parties.
“The lights are going off and going off fast around the newsrooms here,” he said.
Sulaiman Kakaire finally goes where he belongs. He thought his forged and poorly executed series would miraculously gain some traction. He was blowing a whistle in the wind. Congratulations to his ‘new’ appointment lol
— Samuel Makokha W’Mug (@MakokhaMugeni) May 10, 2019
According to Gen. Muntu, the face of ANT, the new party will be launched on May 23, 2019 at Serena Conference Hall in Kampala.
This follows the party’s receipt of its registration certificate from Election Commission.
Gen. Muntu, the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party President last year led a section of senior FDC members who exited the party to embark on forming a new political party.
Mr. Muntu had announced that the new party would be launched before end of 2018. But this, he says was delayed by failure to get clearance from EC in the time they had anticipated.
He says the party will be announcing its strategies and way forward after the official launch.
The party has no leadership. Muntu said he isn’t the party president. Though he has been its face since they broke away from FDC, Muntu argues that he carries a title of party promoter like other members.
He said an interim leadership will be elected before the official launch of the party and consequently substantive leadership thereafter