The second presidential debate schedule for February will not be moderated by BBC Newsday’s Alan Kasujja, although the fate of his counterpart Nancy Kacungira is not yet pronounced.
Mr Kasujja who came under fire for being rather too harsh on candidates has confirmed that “other commitments” will keep him out of the debate.
“Uganda, I will not be moderating the next Presidential Debate because of other commitments,” Kasujja confirmed on his official Twitter handle.
Mr Kasujja’s news comes at the backdrop that NRM presidential flag bearer Mr Yoweri Museveni has also pulled out of the debate albeit for the third time in the history of presidential debates in the country.
While Kasujja may cite other commitments for his throwing in the towel, sources claim he has been stripped off his role as moderator following a number of reasons.
The quality of moderation was under intense criticism after the first debate, with many a people claiming that the debate did not live to its billing as moderators in particular Alan Kasuja were rather too harsh hence failing the debate’s aim- to have candidates share more.
Indeed Justice James Ogoola promised that there was going to be a review in moderation when contacted but was quite skeptical of making revelations immediately. With these developments, Kasujja could have gone with the axe.
We cannot rule out the influence of Amama Mbabazi, Our sources confirm that the Go-Forward man has been clamoring for a change in moderator in favor of his village mate Shaka Sali of Voice of Africa.
Sources also confirm that Kasujja irked the Go- Forward team most despite arguably landing the hardest questions to FDC’s Kizza Besigye. We are also aware that Mbabazi and Ogoola have had back to back meetings in the former principle judge’s office at Farmers house with strictly one item on agenda- Get Kasujja out, bring Shaka in.
Indeed Kasujja could have been sacrificial lamb in these meetings hence we reject the commitment excuse, but rather say the man has been axed.
Kasujja’s history haunting him
The BBC man is not clean as we may all be thinking, several allegations have come up before of how the former capital FM man dashed to StateHouse and benched President Museveni for money in exchange for coverage on BBC during his nomination rally.
At one time the matter took to social media when a local journalist we will not mention revealed that matters in an exchange. Kasujja later coiled his tail and apologized for fear of losing his bread and butter at BBC. Well this history resurfaced and after that kamikaze showing at the debate, organizers could not keep him.
The next debate is about peace, security and foreign policy, you have an experienced panelist in Shaka Sali and you have a harsh Kasujja on one end- you need no specs, the axe falls on the later.