KAMPALA — President Yoweri spokesman Don Wanyama will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Vision Printing and Publishing Company —Vision Group — when Robert Kabushenga ends his three month ‘resignation’ window, sources have said.
Don Wanyama had initially rejected the offer but President Museveni reportedly insisted that he should replace Kabushenga.
Sources said President Museveni believes in Mr. Wanyama over his aggressiveness in defending government and how he handled Bobi Wine in the face of international criticism.
Mr. Wanyama will replace Mr Kabushenga who has been in the job for nearly 15 years.
He announced his resignation last month but but he is continuing to oversee the transition until Don Wanyama takes over.
Mr. Wanyama briefly served as a special media assistant in the office of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman.
He had been sacked by Daily Monitor for reportedly sanctioning the publication of an opinion poll without authorization from senior management.
He was officially introduced to the State House media staff as their new head at State House, Entebbe on May 16, 2016.
Wanyama, once an avid critic of the president, followed in the footsteps of former journalists who have headed Museveni’s media operations including Tamale Mirundi.
As head of Museveni media team, he has been in charge of designing and ensuring the implementation of a new media strategy, aimed at boosting President Museveni’s image, nationally and internationally.
The strategy went beyond dealing with the traditional media and encompassed the social media.
He also played President Museveni propaganda despite the long serving leader’s image going so low especially after the Kasese killings and the effects of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Mr Don Wanyama is a trained teacher and journalist.
He first ventured out as a teacher of English Language and Literature in English before joining the media (The New Vision) as a sub-editor.
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 sacked by Daily Monitor for reportedly sanctioning the publication of an opinion poll without authorization from senior management.