The newly created all-inclusive online media body- Independent Online Journalists Association-Uganda (INDOJA-U) has elected its first leadership that is yet to revolutionize Uganda’s media industry.
Mr Andrew Irumba, CEO of The Spy, an online newspaper and former senior Sales Executive at Red Pepper is INDOJA’s first President.
Irumba and his cabinet take office effective August 06, 2018.
‘’It is an honour to assume the position of President of Independent Online Journalists Association-Uganda,’’ said Mr Irumba upon election.
He added: ’’INDOJA-U’s goal is to be the main platform of all willing independent online publishers within Uganda to ensure their media rights and freedoms are respected and upheld. We also want to lead the way in professionalizing online media.”
Mr Irumba has media experience spanning over 15 years in the fields of news reporting, Public relations and advertising.
He is also a known human and media rights defender.
Six members have also been elected into other leadership roles and positions to help steer INDOJA to greater heights.
Ms Sarah Kagingo, the CEO and Managing Editor at Soft Power online is INDOJA’s Secretary General.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and other qualifications in media and communications.
Ms Kagingo has previously worked at State House as an online Public Relations Secretary to the President of the Republic of Uganda HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Ms Kagingo will be deputised by Bob Atwiine, the editor of Spy Reports.
Speaking after election, Ms Kagingo said: “’We came up with this idea of forming INDOJA-U after realising that the online media fraternity in the country lacked an independent unifying body to act as a link that will connect the different stakeholders in a bid to better the online journalism as we seek to make Uganda a better country.’’
She added that INDOJA-U will act as a vehicle and medium through which the different media practitioners can express and echo their views to better gain from their day to day sweat.
The new Secretary General has called upon all registered and licensed online media houses to be quick in joining INDOJA-U so that they can come together to network, lobby and enjoy social partnerships among other benefits that will improve on their lives.
Mr Amon Baita , a senior sales and Public relations personnel with special interest in online and print media is the association’s elected publicist/Public relations officer.
He is a senior sales manager at Red Pepper Uganda and consulting marketing personnel with Business Focus, an online business magazine.
Mr Taddewo William Senyonyi, a senior business journalist and the Managing Editor and Director at Business Focus has been elected the INDOJA Treasurer. He will be deputised by Milton Tumusiime from Spy Reports.
Mr Emmanuel Bazooba, who has over 20 years in the media in areas of sales and marketing, was elected Chairperson of the INDOJA-U Disciplinary Committee that will play a key role in professionalizing online media in Uganda.
He will be deputized by Dickson Mubiru of The Grape Vine.
Mr Raymond Wamala, a director at Spy reports was elected the Head of Welfare and Logistics department among other related roles.
INDOJA-U recently played a key role in the unconditional release of one of its members, Stanley Ndawula, the CEO and editor at The Investigator news website, who had been kidnapped by ISO operatives.