In Frank Tumwebaze’s first appointment as information and ICT minister, he has appointed Simon Kaheru as the acting board chairman of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). If all goes to plan, Kaheru will be confirmed to chair one of most turbulent boards in town.
Kaheru replaces Nathan Nabeta, who as MP could not chair a board of a government parastatal. However, the appointment comes at the time Nabeta’s election was annulled by a court in Jinja which announced his rival Paul Mwiru winner. Nabeta has however appealed against the ruling.
Nabeta leaves as UBC registers another scandal involving the TV management sale of masts to scrap dealers.
Kaheru, who has been in private business but consulting with government on a number of media assignments, will be steering UBC as it completes the final phase of digital migration which went to Star Times. The migration has been Nabeta’s biggest and fattest assignment.
“Following the resignation of Hon Nabeta as board chair UBC, I have appointed (Simon Kaheeru) the Acting board chair. I thank Hon. Nabeta for his efforts,” Tumwebaze announced Twitter on Monday.
Kaheeru who has been a board member of UBC since 2014 is privvy to the dealings of UBC, UCC and the contractors of the various phases of the inflated digital migration deals involving among others, companies like Chinese company ZTE. So he’s home when it comes to UBC dealings.
Kaheru has been hunting for a government job since it was announced Robert Kabushenga’s contract was about to run out. He was cited in Sarah Kagingo and Tamale Mirundi exits from State House. It has been hoped Kaheru would become President Museveni’s spokesman, but his lobbying was wanting within State House.