Veteran journalist Simon Muyanga Lutaaya has quit TV, with contradicting reports on reasons behind this development.
Muyanga (in featured photo) has worked at NBS TV in various capacities for over 10 years.
He has also been hosting popular shows like NBS Eagle and One on One with Tamale Mirundi. Controversial Joseph Tamale Mirundi is former Press Secretary to the President and the current Senior Presidential Advisor on Media.
Sources at the Kamwokya based media House say that the celebrated TV host has quit to entirely focus on his future political career, with 2021 elections in sight.
In 2016, Muyanga aspired to become Bulamogi constituency MP, but lost to incumbent Kenneth Lubogo.
Commenting on Muyanga’s decision to quit TV, Kin Kariisa, the Next Media CEO said he (Muyanga) has greatly contributed to the journalism industry both as a practitioner and lecturer. Next Media owns NBS TV.
“Muyanga has greatly contributed to the [media] industry. He has mentored many journalists in the NBS newsroom. His positive impact in the Next media news room is definitely one that will always be remembered and appreciated. We now wish him the best in his next step journey that he has chosen,” Kariisa said.
Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira Set To Moderate Mirundi
Sources indicate that ‘One on One with Tamale Mirundi’ show will now be hosted by seasoned journalist Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira.
Mbazira, who doubles as the President of Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) also hosts ‘Ensi ne’byayo’ talk show on NBS TV.
Bashir also boasts of more than a decade experience having previously worked with Dr.Kaihura Nkuba’s Kampala African Radio (KARA Fm), Voice of Africa Radio, Ssuubi FM, Pearl FM, Bukedde FM and Ddoboozi newspaper.
He is the proprietor of Nyce Online radio and Greenfield Media Academy.
With such experience, it is said NBS couldn’t have a better candidate to host ‘troublesome’ Tamale Mirundi.