Robert Kabushenga resigned from his job as Vision CEO on January 29th, 2021. However, he was to retain his position for the next 90 days as requested by the Vision Group Board of Directors.
The 90 days, he says, were for him to oversee the transition and also to enable the Board of Directors find his replacement.
The latest is a replacement has finally been found and it is none other than his former employee, Don Wanyama currently the Senior Presidential Press Secretary.
The news of Wanyama’s appointment has been announced by the Vision Group chairman, Patrick Ayota.
A teacher by training, Wanyama began his journalism career at New Vision as a sub-editor in 2007.
He then moved to the Daily Monitor newspaper in 2008 where he was promoted from a deputy chief sub-editor to chief sub-editor before being appointed managing editor in May 2013. He was fired in 2016 after publishing a pro-Museveni opinion poll in the paper without authorization of his superiors.
Following his sacking, the office of the NRM chairman took him in before he was eventually elevated to the position of Senior Presidential Press Secretary, a position he has held for the last 5 years.
Reacting to his appointment, Kabushenga said, “Don Wanyama congratulations on getting one of the best jobs in Uganda. All the best!!”
Vision Group’s portfolio include broadcast and digital media, such as Bukedde TV, TV West, and Urban TV all founded during Kabushenga’s tenure.
It also includes newspapers like New Vision, Bukedde, Etop and Orumuri.
Timeline of Don Wanyama’s raise to the top
2007 – Junior Sub Editor, New Vision
2009 – Deputy Chief Sub Editor, Daily Monitor
2010 – Chief Sub Editor, Daily Monitor
2013 – Managing Editor, Daily Monitor
2015 – Special Media Assistant, Office of NRM Chairman
2016 – Senior Presidential Press Secretary, State House
2021 – Chief Executive Officer, Vision Group