BY KWAME ISMAIL NKURUNZIZA
After months of relentless rumours about his job that started early last year, long serving Vision Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kabushega in an email to Vision group employees has announced that he is leaving the top position to concentrate on farming.
“This is to let you know that for personal reasons, I have asked the Board for an early retirement and this has been accepted,” Kabushega’s email reads in part.
Kabushenga replaced William Pike, and has presided over a massive expansion plan that saw Vision Group branch into radio and television broadcasting with a host of channels added to Vision Group, broadcasting in different languages to serve the diverse population of Uganda.
“I am proud of the success we have achieved and the impact we have had in society. This was possible because we worked together as a team. For me it was an absolute honour to have done so,” Kabushenga added.
Although he is credited with improving Vision Group’s advertising revenue, critics accuse him of presiding over a media giant that is seen as unfair especially by those opposed to the government.
Critics also accuse the former Uganda Media Centre boss for leading Vision Group into a not-well-thought-through expansion plan. Kabushega is expected to oversee a 90-day transition as requested by the Board.
Rumour has it that the 53-year old might be succeeded by the current managing editor Barbra Kaija, 57, or National Resistance Movement (NRM) ideologue, David Mafabi.