KAMPALA SCRIBES GANG UP ON URA JOBS: BUT WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY RUNNING AWAY FROM?
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By Mulengera Reporters
A good number of big-name Kampala journalists, many of them in the prime of their media practice, have applied and been shortlisted for jobs at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) which arguably is one of the best employer organizations we have in Kampala. Having been availed additional funding by Parliament, the tax body recently advertised calling upon qualified Ugandans to apply for the lucrative jobs that will be available effective this new Financial Year.
One of the categories that was advertised required people to work as Media Relations Officers at URA and even when a few slots are available, a large number has applied and been shortlisted implying that rejection-related disappointments will be widespread by the time the very final recruitment decision is taken.
The eminent scribes who have applied and been shortlisted into what is going to be a prolonged recruitment process include Agnes Nantaba (The Independent), Geoffrey Alaari Mutegeki (New Vision), Dennis Bbosa West (NTV/Galaxy fm), Eric Dominic Bukenya (Daily Monitor), Doreen Nsabohurira (Comms Officer Lands Ministry), Francis Lubega (Daily Monitor), Frank Kahesi Serugo (Red Pepper/Bukedde), Julius Odeke Roy Muganda (formerly Red Pepper), Patrick Ocaido (Kampala Post) and Kahungu Misairi Thembo who until recently was a Daily Monitor political journalist based at Parliament. Having ceased to ne Monitor employee, Mr. Kahungu currently works with the CEO Magazine whose proprietor Kyamutetera Muhereza is a renowned ally of the URA Corporate & Public Affairs department under Ian Rumanyika.
Others on the list are Nina Nekesa Irene (a media practitioner affiliated to the ruling NRM), Elizabeth Agiro (a veteran journalist who has previously practiced with Daily Monitor, Observer and New Vision/was mentored by the best Ogen Kevin Aliro), Alex Bukumunhe (formerly of Red Pepper & UHRC), business reporter Hope Muhairwe (formerly of Red Pepper), Edward Kayiwa, Paul Adude (Daily Monitor) and supplements writer Racheal Nabisubi Mildred (Daily Monitor).
The large number of scribes willing to abandon their apparently vibrant media practice has prompted top officials at URA to wonder what they are exactly running away from (apart from too much work & unimpressive remuneration) because even those working at well-paying companies like Vision Group are many on the list.
It’s going to be a tight race for sure because a good number of the guys on the list are highly suitable not only in terms of experience, exposure and academic qualifications (we can see guys with MBAs on the list implying on getting there, even Ian Rumanyika, the Ag CPA head won’t be safe having to supervise guys with such impressive qualifications and academic CVs). Just take a look at the full list of those who have been shortlisted for the Media Relations slots: