By: Felix Basiime and Francis Mugerwa
Kabarole/Hoima: Journalists were among the several new comers who made it onto presidential list of Resident District Commissioners announced on Thursday.
Mr Ambrose Mwesigye, who has been a manager of Life FM in Kabarole District, has been appointed Deputy RDC Hoima, while Africano Aharikundira, who has been a manager of Kyenjojo FM, has been appointed Deputy RDC Mitooma District.
Other journalists appointed include Mr Sulaiman Salongo, who was posted to RDC Lyantonde District.
Former Daily Monitor newspaper’s correspondent in Hoima District Yunusu Mugabe has been appointed Deputy RDC Mukono District.
Mr Mugabe is the Hoima District NRM secretary general and former Hoima District speaker.
He joined active politics about a decade ago after quitting journalism.
The chairperson of Hoima Oil City Journalists Asoociation, Mr Fred Byenkya, welcomed the appointment of the journalists.
“Government is recognising the role and influence of journalists in service delivery. The appointing authority seems to have looked beyond cadreship and focused on people who can spearhead service delivery,” Mr Byenkya said.
He, however, did not rule out a possibility of some of the appointed journalists could have used their positions to act as spin doctors of the government, which could have attracted the appointing authority to reward them.
Also rewarded were NRM cadres that have been active participants on radio talk shows, defending the ruling party.
Among the regular radio talk show panelists who have been appointed is Mr Herbert Muhangi, who was appointed RDC Isingiro District, and Mr Peter Bisoborwa, who has been an NRM youth activist in Kibaale District. He has been appointed RDC Buliisa District.
The Hoima District Youth councillor, Mr Francis Kazini, who is also an NRM activist, said NRM youth leaders were surprised by the President’s decision to drop the Rakai RDC, Mr David Maxwell Kaboyo and the Kyankwanzi deputy RDC, Mr James Kiriti.
Mr Kaboyo is a former Hoima Town mayor, while Mr Kiriti was an aspirant for the Bugahya parliamentary seat.
“They were NRM mobilisers for a long time. When they were appointed RDCs, we celebrated,” Mr Kazini said.
He added: “We are shocked that they have been dropped even before serving for two years.”