By Ronald Kabuye
Following the internal disputes in the mother body of journalists in Uganda, Uganda Journalists Association UJA that have lasted ever since the leadership was elected into office to the extent of executive members forming factions one led by president Robert Kagolo and other under the secretary general Bayola Moses with both factions organizing parallel General Assembly and election, the Bayola led factions has resolved to dialogue with kagolo to get a common ground for the upcoming General Assembly and elections.
This was reached on in an executive meeting chaired by the vice president Joseph Kiggundu at the UJA office on Wednesday morning.
The 12 executive members who attended the meeting tasked Mr Kiggundu to write to president Kagolo for a dialogue meeting this Friday.
This was confirmed by Kiggundu himself and the secretary general Bayola Moses who cautioned that failure to agree with Mr Kagolo they will take the matter to court for interpretation.
In the telephone interview with Mr Kagolo he welcomed the dialogue though he was yet to receive the letter in addition to giving conditions to it.
” Iam ready for the dialogue as long as they are calling me for harmony but not grilling and probing me.
My only problem with them is that they are traitors since its me who facilitated they coming into power but they turned against me and they want to man the secretariat which I will not accept.” said Kagolo
In the same way the executive meeting agreed to assign city Human Rights defendant lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde Kimaaze as the person who will over see the electoral process of UJA in addition to writing to the national electoral commission for a returning officer on the 26 may a date the elections will be held as stipulated in article 10(7) of the UJA constitution.
Counsel Ssemakadde was also tasked to call for a meeting between journalists and executive members which has been for long requested for by the practicing journalists.
He will also choose the date, venue, moderators and guests for the meeting.
The committee also declared the executive meeting called by the president kagolo on Monday and all its resolutions be regarded as null and void since it didn’t follow the constitution.
The executive meeting called by Kagolo on Monday set the elections and General Assembly on 30 Junes and journalists and executive dialogue meeting on the 26th of June and 1st may as the date to dissolve the executive and name new administrator and interim committee to handle electoral process.
Meanwhile the executive changed its mind on its earlier communication not to celebrate world press freedoms day and announced fresh arrangements for celebrating the day which is slated for 3rd may.
Mr Bayola said that the day will be used to award prominent and senior journalists.
They also resolved to reduce the subscription fee for UJA membership from shs 30,000 to 15000 in order to open up and allow expansion of the membership.
The organization secretary general committed that this time around only fully paid up members will participate in the elections and no student or non members will be allowed to participate in the elections as its been the case in the former regimes.