Museveni said ‘’A journalist is supposed to entertain, inform and educate. If a journalist misinforms, then they shouldn’t be journalists’’.
President Museveni on Thursday lashed out at journalists who always misinform the public on certain happenings around the country that they should seek another profession.
Museveni made the remarks while giving his speech following the conclusion of the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) Elections. He said that many media organizations including online blogs have in recent times engaged in wrong reporting to help them attract viewers and attention.
Museveni however, said that this is not a good gesture because it minimises journalism as a professional. After all, true journalists are supposed to give an insight, inform and educate the public rightfully with accurate facts.
‘’A journalist is supposed to entertain, inform and educate. If a journalist misinforms, then they shouldn’t be journalists,’’ Museveni said giving an example of some media houses that were reporting about how opposition groups had defeated NRM in the youth elections.
Museveni also cited out the news concerning the death of His Highness the Kabaka of Buganda that has been making rounds on different social media sites. He said the news reported by those particular sites was self-centred and not based on facts.
‘’People on social media are announcing that the Kabaka is dead. Is it their duty to do that? How can people behave like that? If anything goes wrong with the Highness, the people to announce are there.
Those people, we shall go for them. I hope the police has gotten them. They have to explain their irresponsible behaviour. A Journalist is duty-bound to report the truth; they don’t have to be bribed.’’ Museveni expressed his discomfort.
Meanwhile, Museveni was addressing the NRM Executive members in a meeting held scientifically at the State House. He urged the yellow men and women to unite as one family to be in a position to tackle their enemies successfully.
Museveni who also commended his party members upon the successfully held elections said that NRM’s only enemy is the one who tries to block its forward movement.
‘’I thank NRM people for participating in the past election. Stop being enemies of yourselves. Our only enemy is the one who tries to block our forward movement,’’ Museveni said giving an example of how unity helped them overthrow Idi Amin’s government.
‘’That is why we fought with Idi Amin. Some people say we fought Amin because he killed people. Even if he hadn’t killed people, we would remove him because he didn’t understand our mission.’’
The President further questioned why people would be evicted off the land when the area Member of Parliament (MP) is from NRM. He said that allowing people to be evicted off the land is a failure of the party elites.
‘’Why should people be evicted from land when there are NRM leaders in that area? Allowing people to be evicted is a failure of the NRM elite. The money we have been using for foreign travel; why don’t we put it in emyooga so that ‘Abali obulungi bayamba abali obubi’. When we do this, the NRM will be very strong,’’ President Museveni said while advising his NRM colleagues.
He added; ‘’I have met people like Full Figure, Buchaman. I demand that the NRM leaders avoid the politics of elitism. In Luweero, when we were fighting, we were with the people. Let the schools (education) be free in the villages, so it doesn’t become an obstacle; those who want to pay can take their children to private schools. If the child is disadvantaged by birth, NRM can take care of that child that is my view.’’