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New Vision celebrates 30 years

By Mary Karugaba, Carol Natukunda

Added 18th March 2016 02:50 PM

Kabushenga attributed the company’s success to divine guidance, teamwork, strong financial and audit systems. He hailed his predecessor William Pike for setting a strong foundation upon which the company has blossomed.

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Vision Group Board members and senior managers cutting a cake to celebrate 30 years of excellence. Photo by Edward Kisoma

Kabushenga attributed the company’s success to divine guidance, teamwork, strong financial and audit systems. He hailed his predecessor William Pike for setting a strong foundation upon which the company has blossomed.

Vision Group Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kabushenga, has unveiled the company’s winning formula and announced new management changes.

Kabushenga attributed the company’s success to divine guidance, teamwork, strong financial and audit systems. He hailed his predecessor William Pike for setting a strong foundation upon which the company has blossomed.

“People have credited me with the company’s great success, which has started embarrassing me. Here we work as a team. No single person can claim to be behind the company’s success,” he said.

Kabushenga said at the time of New Vision’s establishment, he was a teenager in one of the schools in Busoga.

 Vision Group Editor-in-Chief Barbara Kaija giving a speech. She was accompanied by editors.

From a weekly paper in 1986, New Vision has grown to become one of the leading multi-media organizations not only in Uganda but also in East Africa. To mark 30 years of existence, the Company kicked off the celebrations with an ecumenical service at the company headquarters in Kampala.

A total of sh150m in form of school fees will be given out to the public.

Kabushenga announced the changes made by the board. The Chief Operations Officer, Gervase Ndyanabo, becomes the Deputy CEO. He will also oversee finances.

 

(From left) outgoing Chief Finance Officer Zubair Musoke, Kabushenga and his deputy Gervase Ndyanabo.

Long serving Chief Finance Officer, Zubair Musoke, retires in June after serving the company for 25 years.

Airat Nakajja, Manager Treasury becomes the Financial Controller.  The board has also promoted the chief Engineer David Ssemuga to head of operations.

Former manager legal and Compliance Ritah Kabatunzi bounces back as the Company Secretary.

 

 And the cake time.....

The Editor-in-Chief Barbara Kaija noted that although operating the media in Africa is hard, given the level of democracy, she was grateful that Vision Group has managed to sail through for the last 30 years.

“We have all the reason to celebrate. We cannot take anything for granted. We thank God for the freedom of speech that we have managed to run the company for all these years,” She said.

Describing him as good leader who allows the staff expresses themselves professionally, Kaija thanked Kabushenga for not interfering in what is published or broadcast.

“As CEO, he has all the powers to stop us from publishing anything. But he does not. We always bargain and sometimes I take the day. But even when my decisions go wrong, he still stands by me and covers me,” she said.

She also thanked the team members she works with describing them as amazing. 

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