Museveni’s iron-sheets, hand-hoes split Teso Journalists

'Some of you have started saying the donation has political attachments,' Egunyu

Teso Affairs Minister hands over cash worth shs.2m to Executive Director OJ Foundations.

Iron-sheets, hand-hoes have terribly divided Journalists from Teso Sub region after some missed out getting the donations from President Museveni.

President Museveni through Teso Affairs Ministry headed by Ms. Agnes Akiror Egunyu donated1, 800 iron-sheets and 120 hand hoes to selected journalists in the sub region.

Each of the selected 60 journalists got 30 pieces of iron-sheets and 2 pieces of hand-hoes respectively.

The donations was part of the presidential pledge during 2016 presidential campaign in the Eastern part of the country.

Speaking to the sixty beneficiaries at Teso Affairs offices in Soroti town on Monday, Minister Akiror asked journalists to stick to their professional ethics.

According to Akiror, Teso journalists have to hold their leaders accountable but not to be pocket journalists.

She also called on journalists to stop being Public Relations Officers for politicians who she says can use any amount of money to tarnish their professionalism.

Minister Akiror (in gomesi) speaking to section of Teso Journalists after giving them President’s gifts.

Michael Egunyu, the Soroti District LCV boss who was present during the handover also warned journalists not to be too political and judgmental while covering politics.

“Some of you have started saying the donation has political attachments. Me as Egunyu what I know is all of you are Ugandan and deserve equality in terms of donations,” Egunyu said.

Julius Esegu the Board Chairman, Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) who also doubles as communications chief, Teso Karamoja Media Agency commended President for fulfilling his pledge.

He also asked journalists to stick to their professional ethics.

Meanwhile, a section of disgruntled journalists headed by Benjamin Epeduno who’s the station manager, Joshua FM in Katakwi have accused the leadership of Teso Karamoja Media Agency involving quack journalists to benefit from the donation.

They accuse the leadership of segregation and above all, unpredictable.

Epeduno and his team also accused Radio Continental Journalist, Sam Odongo who is a close friend to Teso Affairs Minister of deleting his name and other genuine journalists who he says were the right beneficiaries.

“There is this guy called Odongo Sam; he is the one who handed the list to the Minister and I want to assure you some of the Journalists who questioned the removal of age limit were deleted by one Odongo,” Epeduno told TND News Reporter in Soroti town.

He also accused Odongo of being unethical and unprofessional.

“Odongo is not professional at all. His work is only to follow politicians. If you think am lying let him prove by giving us any story he has done without an interest from a politician,” irritated Epeduno added.

Other journalists, who requested for anonymity, said Odongo was once overheard saying the journalists who have not subscribed to him shouldn’t dream of benefiting from the government.

But when contacted, Odongo said he was not aware of the allegations.

“Am not in charge of the list of the beneficiaries,” Odongo defended himself.

Minister Akiror who has often mediated the fights and disunity among Teso Journalists, asked them to stop bickering but rather unite and fight increasing corruption in the country.

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