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KASYATE LANDS KCCA JOB

Given his compelling resume, Simon Kasyate is real big fish for KCCA.

By Mulengera Reporters

Veteran Corporate Communications practitioner Simon Kasyate has once again found his way back into the government service where he previously worked via UEGCL. The former Monitor newspaper journalist is the new Head Public & Corporate Affairs (PCA) at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) which is headed by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Dorothy Kisaka.

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The new role naturally requires Kasyate to defend all KCCA decisions and officials including the Lord Mayor whose brand of politics he despised at some point. Kasyate, who will be earning a monthly gross pay of Shs14m and quietly reported for work about two weeks ago, is joining a team comprising of the likes of Robert Kalumba.

Despite all the experience, qualifications and compelling credentials he has, Kasyate can’t hold the PCA job in the Director capacity because such doesn’t exist in the KCCA structure. He has to merely serve as Head PCA which is under the ED’s office unlike the likes of Chris Obore who are Directors by virtue of heading PCA at Parliament.

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Courtesy of his compelling CV, Kasyate was recruited through head-hunting and is the first one to come on board to head PCA more substantively since the acrimonious departure of Peter Kauju some two years ago. The irony of it all is that the great admirer of Gen YK Museveni will be working or serving KCCA on strictly temporary basis whereby the Accounting Officer will keep renewing his contract of service every after 4 months. This is the unenviable status majority KCCA employees have endured since the days of Jennifer Musisi Semakula.

Simon Kasyate, renowned for his eloquence and flamboyancy, has previously worked with Smart Card Foundation, South African electricity Generation Company ESKOM and Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL), European Union Uganda office among others. Over 20 years ago, he started out as a TV presenter with WBT TV and subsequently an active journalist with Monitor newspaper from where he joined NTV where from he plunged into corporate communications. Simon Kasyate also worked with KFM radio where he used to host a talk show called Hard Talk which used to air every Saturday.

He is one of the many younger journalists who were directly inspired and actively mentored by veteran scribe Andrew Mwenda. Others include Julius Mucunguzi, Charles Mwanguhya Mpagi, Patrick Kamara, Frank Nyakairu, Rodney Muhumuza, Emmanuel Gyezaho, Maurice Mugisha and subsequent ones such as Canary Mugume and Raymond Mujuni just to mention a few.

As he settles into the KCCA role, the versatile Simon Kasyate (currently having self-induction around City Hall) has also quit his other role of hosting Desert Island Discs program on Capital FM every Sunday (7-8pm) which management for the Kamwokya-based station has since assigned to Flavia Tumusiime Kabuura. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

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