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Col Bantariza: Museveni laid down my mission



Col. Shaban Bantariza, Deputy Executive Director Uganda Media Centre has spoken about his return to office and way forward.

Col Shaban was re-appointed last week by President Yoweri Museveni to a position he lost in 2013.

In July 2013, he was arrested, charged and remanded to Makindye Military prison over suspected fraud.

The army said the former director of the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi was remanded by the General Court Martial on three counts of fraud, tampering with documents and attempted fraud.

Months back, he was acquitted of all charges and set free.

“It is great for me, great for my government. What I want to do is one, explain government policies, plans, projects and programmes,” he said on return to Media Centre.

“Give factual information to our countrymen and women on what government has done for them and what government has not done, why not? And when will it do it.”

Bantariza says strategies are not for individuals the reason why he is strategies are determined by his mission which was laid down by the president.

“Me and my Executive Director and my staff here will have to harmonise and synergies the different communication channels of government.”

Citing the recent budget reading which he says is an explanation of the political intent of its people, Bantariza observed that when a government puts out a budget it sets out to implement a manifesto and wellbeing of its people.

“It is our responsibility as government communicators to explain to the people, the meaning value and implication plan of the budget.”

He promised to use all means available that will get useful information to the needy people.

“Most of the people on Twitter, Facebook are not informed. Any platform that will get information out there I will use it (Social media).”


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