Media analyst Simon Kaheru has been appointed the acting Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) board chairman after Nathan Igeme Nabeta resigned.
The Minister for ICT & National Guidance, Frank K Tumwebaze, said in a tweet that he had appointed Kaheru in the acting capacity.
“Following the resignation of Hon Nabeta as board chair UBC, I have appointed @skaheru AG. board chair,” Tumwebaze tweeted.
He added: “I thank Hon Nabeta for his efforts @ubctvugand.”
Kaheru confirmed the appointment to Insider in a phone interview promising to avail us with more details of the appointment.
Nabeta’s troubled reign
The former minister of trade, Nabeta was cleared as the new board chairman of UBC amid controversy in 2014.
Prior to his clearance, a whistle-blower had petitioned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to block Nabeta’s ascent to the office because of conflict of interest.
The whistle-blower also asked the IGG to block the other six members of the board.
According to the whistle-blower, Nabeta was a proprietor of businesses that were similar to that of UBC. He was also reportedly a client of UBC.
It was alleged that he owns NBS TV and NBS radio in Kampala and Jinja respectively that use UBC facilities (masts) for transmission.
As such, he would probably influence UBC in favour of his business.
After investigations, it was found that Nabeta sold all his shares to Kin Group Limited, the current owner of NBS TV.
The whistleblower also said that Nabeta’s academic qualifications were suspect.
However the IGG investigated and found there was no problem with Nabeta’s qualifications.
Only a week ago, Jinja High Court kicked Nabeta out as Member of Parliament (MP) for Jinja Municipality East, after a petition by Paul Mwiiru.
It was amid the same fracas that Nabeta quit UBC.
Kaheru takes the reins
His replacement Kaheru has an experience of nine years in mainstream media field and desk operations, with two years as a senior media manager with a busy English newspaper.
He has two years of Communications and Relationship management with the Government Executive, two years of Senior management with a Fast Moving Consumer Goods organisation, managing Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Logistics and seven years managing a New Age Media firm providing value added services for a wide range of clients and partners in East and Central Africa.
He has been a Director – Member of the UBC Board from March 2014 – Present (2 years 5 months).
He was responsible for formulating and reviewing policy, approving the annual budget and action plan of the Corporation, appointing and disciplining members of staff, determine from time to time the Corporation’s structure, staff levels, and terms and conditions of service and establishing rules and procedures for good governance and management.