By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa, a veteran journalist and one of the most formidable Luganda news anchors this country is blessed with, who has been serving as the news manager (News Editor) at Next Media Services has resigned her juicy job and officially joined elective politics.
Bagala will be facing off with her now former boss, ICT & National Guidance Minister Judith Nabakooba in the Mityana Woman MP race.
Bagala will be contesting on Presidential aspirant Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party ticket.
Meanwhile, according to the statement released by Next Media Services, Dalton Espial Kaweesa, who has been Bagala’s deputy has now taken over her role after being elevated to full News Editor at Next Media Services.
According to political analysts, Mityana Woman MP race will be one of the hottest races in 2021 general elections, whereby, both Joyce Bagala and former police’s mouth piece and now ICT Minister Nabakooba are not anything next to simple.
“Bagala is solid on ground my friend, don’t joke with her, but also remember that Nabakooba has the state apparatus and money,since she is the incumbent and you know what that means, Nabakooba is still president’s blue eyed girl on ground, he will obviously be on ground for her, so this is going to be like Sembabule,” One of the political analyst revealed
On the other hand, our source on ground intimated that Bagala is more solid on ground and most likely carries higher chances because whereas Nabakooba has to explain what she did in her first term of which she will have to spend more time explaining, Bagala has nothing to defend, but also Bagala looks a darling to the media fraternity having worked for long in the same, she created enough synergies on ground through media and her personal composure, a source added.
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Bagala is a Muganda by the tribe, to see that she’s so determined when she decides, in the 2016 general elections, she declined all pleas from the family to drop out of the race for her cousin Namuleme Esther Ntwatwa but instead they divided their votes into two and gave a chance to Judith Nabakooba who floored them both.
In 2019, Bagala was one of the News managers suspended from work, on the directives of Uganda Communications Commission for giving coverage to Presidential Hopeful, and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine protests, UCC suspended all managers at various media houses who were in charge of broadcasts that covered Bobi Wine live.
Bagala went to Mityana Junior School, Gombe SS and UMCAT School of Journalism and Mass Communication and later joined Makerere University to pursue her degree in mass communication.
She joined NBS TV in 2016 from Radio One and Akaboozi, and has been the flagship anchor of NBS’ Amasengejje, the 7 pm Luganda news broadcast, Bagala also worked as an English news anchor at Beat FM, Buddu FM and Sanyu FM.
Joyce Bagala is married with two children, and comes from the family of the late Petero Ntwatwa, who served as the Buganda Lukiiko speaker in the 1960s, and she hopes to ride on that, as well as the works of her maternal grand father Rev William Ssewanyana Katula, the former Mityana diocese secretary, to rally the voters, she lost both her parents at a tender age and was raised by her maternal aunt, Josephine Esther Nansikombi
Judith Nalule Nabakooba is currently the Minister of Information Communications Technology and National Guidance in the Cabinet of Uganda and concurrently serves as the elected Member of Parliament, representing Mityana District Women’s Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016 – 2021).
Judith Nabakooba attended Ndejje Secondary School, in Luweero District, for her middle school and high school education, where she obtained both the Uganda Certificate of Education in 1994 and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1997 respectively.
She was admitted to Makerere University, Uganda’s largest and oldest public university, graduating with a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree in 2002 and later awarded a Masters degree in Human Rights, also from Makerere University.
She also holds a Diploma in Strategic Leadership Management, from Chartered Management Institute, in the United Kingdom which she obtained in 2010. In addition, she holds two other diplomas, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and the other a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, both awarded by Uganda Management Institute, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
From 2004 to 2015, Judith Nabakooba served in the Uganda Police Force, where she held various positions, including the spokesperson for the Police Force, from 2011 to 2015, other responsibilities during that period, included Secretary to Exodus Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Limited (Uganda Police) before she left police for active politics in June 2015 and became woman MP Mityana in 2016.
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