Directors and journalists of various online media companies under their umbrella organization Independent Online Journalists Association (indoja-U), organized a retreat workshop at Fairway Hotel on Saturday, during which they deliberated upon various issues, among them the future of Uganda’s online media industry before having an ample evening leisure that went up the following day.
The event, which was organized by indoja-U president Andrew Irumba Katusabe, in conjunction with the Management of Fairway Hotel, pooled together several online Journalists and owners of news websites from across the country and discussed at length, the prospects of forming a strong Association that would defend their steadily shrinking space.
Some of the distinguished association members who graced the event included Emmanuel Bazooba, Taddeo Senyonyi (business focus), Milton Tumusiime, Raymond Wamala,JohnsonTaremwa (Spy report directors), Ali-Ahamed Kungu (Soft Power editor), Rachael Tushemereirwe, the General Manager Spy Uganda among others.
During the retreat journalists and directors of news websites interacted and discussed various issues, among them the need to organize selves and become the largest organization that will start harmonizing with international online organizations.
President Andrew Irumba appreciated all members of indoja-U for sparing their precious time to attend the event.
“I humbly appreciate your presence and I’m so glad that you spared your precious time to be here, such that we can interact. This is purely a networking event, during which we are expected to interact with each other as we discuss the future of Uganda’s media industry. Believe it or not, Online journalism is fast overtaking print journalism because it’s the future of the Media industry,” he said.
He added; “I welcome you all to this retreat, which was specifically held at Fairway Hotel, because of its historic background. This is a place where revolutionary meetings aimed at making changes in this country have been held over the past years, including Pan-African struggles.
Fairway Hotel is owned by Indians who were once expelled from Uganda by fallen dictator Iddi Amin in 1979, but later returned to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni took over power. Because of its unique history having come a long way, Fairway Hotel is part of Uganda’s past and future.
President concluded by wishing all indoja-U members a fruitful deliberation and thanked the management of Fairway Hotel for granting Journalists the opportunity to meet and network with each other.
Anthony Sifuma, the manager Foods and Beverages Fairway Hotel urged INDOJA members to feel at home and assured them that there is no hotel in Kampala that’s better than Fairway Hotel.
“We have come here to interact and share a meal as brothers and sisters of the media fraternity. I thank you members for creating time to be with us and I assure you that we do not take that for granted,” Anthony said.
“Fairway Hotel is historical; indeed it is. It used not to be known like other hotels but we have since revolutionalized the place and we have 100 rooms for guests, which are executive and meet world standards. We thank the managing Director Mr. AzharJaffer for taking the hotel to another level,” says Anthony.
He added that “We are partly the best hotel in Uganda, especially when it comes to classic cuisines. For instance, Asian Fusion restaurant, where we are tonight, is the best facility for all Asian dishes in Uganda.
Sifuma also revealed that Fairway Hotel is organizing a Christmas package, which will be purely a family event aimed at giving Ugandans an opportunity to enjoy a 5-Star Christmas.
“We are organizing a Christmas package at the poolside, which will be a purely family affair. We have several offers lined up for our guests and those who book early will win themselves free bottles of wine.”