Uganda journalists association (UJA) spokesperson Kabuye Ronald has issued a statement distancing its self from a youth organization registering journalists to meet president Museveni.
The statement reads as follows
“The Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) leadership has learnt of an ongoing plot by Youth Initiative For Transformation Uganda Association (YITA), to register 1000 Journalists across the Country.
That they will undergo 5 days training on how they can transform themselves from poverty. That every thing for them is catered for. That H.E the president Y.K.Museveni is among the trainers. That the registration should be done through: Almafavour2020@gmail.com.
We are deeply concerned by the abuse of authority by YITA to the extent of registering and mobilizing Journalists who happen to be members of UJA without the knowledge of it’s mandated leadership.
As leaders,we question the intentions by ‘YITA’ which defines it’s membership as of only the ‘Youths’,but ending up undermining the UJA structures whose membership also includes Old Journalists. We understand that if H.E the president wishes to meet various professionals,say,Teachers,
Medics, Engineers among others,always mobilizes them through leadership of their entities. We wonder as to why this time he chose to use ‘YITA’ to mobilize Journalists.
Though we appreciate that it is everyone’s right to meet the fountain of honor but the mobilization and registration in this case should have been conducted through the right channels of any of the existing journalists organizations.
We therefore, distance our selves from the purported Journalists mobilization and warn our members about them.”