By Kobusiinge Monica
Kampala: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) members have Thursday elected Joe Kigozi, the Deputy CEO and Chief of Strategy at Next Media as the Vice Chairperson of the media owners’ Association.
The elections were done during the 24th NAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 2023 at Hotel Africana, where Dr. Kin Kariisa also retired from his previous role as Chairman handing over to Galaxy FM’s Dr.Innocent Nahabwe.
Joe Kigozi as the Vice Chairperson now replaces Innocent Nahabwe, who has been a deputy to Next Media’s CEO, Kin Kariisa for the last one term. Kin’s first term as Chairman was deputized by Super FM’s CEO and former Busiro South MP Hon.Piiiira Ssematimba kyi kati kyi kati…. (read Peter Ssematimba).
Kin, in turn, bounced back as Chairman of the newly created Board of Trustees on Thursday after the constitution was (TOUCHED) ,in order to lead the Association in providing essential guidance and support, marking a new era for the National Association of Broadcasters in Uganda.
Kigozi, the newly elected NAB Vice Chairperson has played a pivotal role in shaping Uganda’s media industry, both in sports, political, cultural and economic aspects and their impacts on the society. His influence continues to be felt across Uganda, making him a central figure in Uganda’s modern media.
Joseph Kigozi has vast experience as a Senior Sports pundit, reporter and Show host on NBS Sport, he is also a sports broadcaster at Next Media Services, the home of NBS Television.
He has experience in developing and executing corporate PR campaign programs such as Housing Baraza that aims to bring affordable housing for Uganda that is currently suffering descent affordable housing availability.
Kigozi has been a key note speaker at the International Youth Conference on leadership in India in 2008. He has managed international partnerships with NBS TV like Voice of America, DW & BBC.
He has featured on the BBC Big Talk as a speaker and panelist sharing valuable knowledge in Broadcast Journalism and has attended various high -level trainings of Media Leaders in Africa by BBC, VOA and DW over the years.
Meanwhile other members who have been elected to Executive Committee (EXCO) include our very own, the CEO of this very mighty paper, who doubles as president Independent online journalists Association (indoja-U), Founding Speaker and Chairman Pan-African Pyramid,Andrew Irumba Katusabe.
Following the election of the new leadership, the minister for ICT and national guidance, Dr Chris Baryomunsi who graced the meeting as the Chief guest pledged to work closely with the leadership on enabling laws to suit current media trends, like cyber crime, challenges created by Artificial Intelligence, high license fees levied on media among others.
In the same vain, Uganda Communications Commission(UCC) executive director Nyombi Thembo, who was represented by the director, Industrial affairs, Mrs Julian Mweheire pledged to continue working with the new leadership to resolve the issues that affect the industry. The ED asked to meet the new board soon for interactions.
The National Association of Broadcasters plays a crucial role as the voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As a premier association, NAB advocates for the interests of its members within the government, the business sector, and the country at large.
Here Is The Full Cabinet Of NAB New Leadership
2.Vice Chair- Joseph Kigozi
5.Pay Tv Rep.-Hassan Saleh
6.Media Conglomerate Rep.-Rhonah Nuwakunda
7.Online Rep. -Andrew Irumba Katusabe
8.Central Rep. -Micheal Kawooya Mwebe
9.West Nile Rep.-Keita Anguzu
10.Northern Rep. -Jimmy Okello
11.North Eastern Rep. -Rodney Mukula
12.South Western Rep. .Dickson .C. Kateshumbwa
14.Faith Based Rep.- Dr.Joseph Serwadda
15.RUBA Rep.- 2 EXCO members
16.UMOA Rep.- 2 EXCO members
17.Editors Guild Rep. -2 EXCO Members
18.Eastern Rep.-To be communicated
19.Western Rep- Bruce Haturamu
20.Legal Counsel-Obadia Ismail
21.NAB Administrator-Natasha Musiimenta
Let’s take you through the whole event by pictorial evidence…. Enjoy…