Rumors of his resignation were awash the internet early last year, well, it has finally come to light
that the vexed Vision Chief is due for an early retirement within 90 days. After his appointment
in January 2007, Robert Kabushenga has surely lived up to his standards putting Vision Group as
one of the most sought after media houses.
One may wonder why he would retire at such a crucial time not only in the political field but also at a time when Vision Group wanted him more. Robert Kabushenga weathered the Mbabazi storm in 2016 but the National Unity Platform (NUP) wave couldn’t leave him standing since majority of his staff who left the different media platforms for politics under the NUP eventually went through at all the different political levels.
One can assume that the paper was grooming government opponents. Hajji Kazibwe Bashir who worked with Bukedde fm Embutikizi used his political show to popularize his candidature and indeed he trounced an equally populist legislator Mubarak Munyagwa for Kawempe North Constituency.
More so, Innocent Tegusulwa who worked with Bukedde TV with his popular “Toli Mwavu Mutwegwo Gwe Mwavu” who emerged winner for Nakawa Councillor LC5 among others To the government this looked like Vision Group had become a breeding ground for opposition politics and therefore the need to cause changes at the helm.
It seemed like Robert Kabushenga before resignation had given his journalists a free reign which is important in media but governments with dictatorial tendencies would find this unpalatable since they believe in bootlickers. In this, it looked so ugly in the face of his boss, thus locating on his ‘resigantion’.
The 90 days transition was more of allowing the Vision Group chief a soft landing which isn’t accorded to other government institutions some of which are more critical like Uganda Investment Authority. So the question that dawdles in our mind is are the 90 days for grooming the Vision group successor?
Is Vision Group Chief Kabushenga resignation a sign of saving himself more impending trouble? Your guess is as good as ours.