KAMPALA – Cabinet has approved the members of the UBC TV Board of Directors for a three-year term, paving way for the revival of the state broadcaster.
The approved members are Mr. James Rwehabura Tumusiimwe (Chairperson) Ms. Hadijja Nassanga Miiro (Member) Mr. Mike Okua (Member)
Others Mr. Richard Barungi (Member) Ms. Tezira Jamwa (Member), Maj. Christopher Oballa Magezi (Member), Ms. Sarah Namumbya(Member), Mr. Winston Agaba(Member).
According to Mr Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, the approval was reached at during a Cabinet meeting that sat on Monday, May 6 at State House Entebbe.
Government last year established the UBC revamp team following findings by a 2016 committee chaired by Dr Peter Mwesige, the executive director of African Centre for Media Excellence, on the directions of Mr Tumwebaze.
The ad hoc committee’s report, among other things, established that UBC was saddled with debt, operated in breach of laws and flouted best corporate governance practices.
It also found that UBC remunerated its staff poorly; defaulted on remitting their pension contributions; most employees lacked employment contracts; while some board members lacked the required skills to provide effective oversight.
Under the new structure, there will be 135 employees across the 11 radio platforms, which include the five channels at the headquarters and six upcountry.
UBC TV alone has been provided 75 staff who will include the station manager, a manager news bureau, programmes controller, two chief news editors, seven news editors, 11 camera operators, seven reporters and nine presenters/anchors, among others.
Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the Members of Board of Directors of Uganda Post Limited (UPL) for a three-year term. The approved members of the Board are; Mr. Suleiman Balyejusa Kirunda (Chairperson), Ms. Dorothy Telopecho Butuli (Member representing PWDs), Mr. Hussein Kashillingi Rugaba (Member), Mr. Richard Mwesiga (Member), Mr Herbert Kigundu Mugerwa (Member), Ms. Lillian Aber (Member). The 7th member is the sitting Managing Director.