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Minister Tumwebaze Graces PRAU Governing Council Handover Ceremony

Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications and also Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) Patron Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, last Thursday graced the handover ceremony that saw the new PRAU Governing Council sworn in.

At the event, held at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala (Lake Room), the Hon. Minister applauded PRAU for being a strong association in Uganda and promised to support PRAU in tabling a draft bill for statutory recognition.

He also stated that PR was important in brand building of several businesses and therefore the association was doing the right thing in promoting the profession in Uganda.

Finally, Hon. Minister tasked the new Governing Council to set up a permanent home for the association and organize a fund raising event where partners and sponsors would commit their support in helping build a PRAU Headquarters.

PRAU Patron Hon. Min. Frank Tumwebaze cracks a joke during his official speech as Sarah Kagingo (left) and Cynthia Mpanga (right) are all smiles

The new Governing Council was elected during the Association’s 41st Annual General Meeting, held on Saturday 1st September, 2018 at Fairway Hotel in Kampala.

Ms. Sarah Kagingo, Managing Director of Soft Power Communications LLC, who was sworn in as President, promised to lead the new Governing Council to pursue statutory recognition, improve media and external stakeholder relations, form strategic alliances with PRAU’s sister associations, champion the formation of a fully functional secretariat, increase membership of the association, get a PRAU permanent home, among others.

Presidential Selfie – Sarah Kagingo (left) takes a selfie with Hon Minister Frank Tumwebaze and immediate former President Cynthia Mpanga

Other officials who were sworn in included Eddie Oketcho as Secretary General; Sheila Naturinda Deputy Secretary General; Charles Nsamba, Treasurer; Sumin Namaganda as Director of Programmes; Alfred Geresom Musamali as Director of Discipline; Kezia Koburungi and Roland Ssebuliba as the new student representatives.

The new PRAU Treasurer Charles Nsamba (left) takes an oath of office as lawyer Rachael Musinguzi looks
The PRAU Secretariat Administrator Brenda Nampijja is sandwiched by former PRAU PR Director Paul Mwirigi (left) and incoming PRAU Treasurer Charles Nsamba (right).

The PRAU Vice President, Valery Okecho and PRAU Director PR, Simon Kasyate were absent with apologies.

The Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) is the umbrella public relations body of Uganda having been set up to uplift the standards in and promote the public relations profession in the country. Membership is open to all PR and communications practitioners, business enterprises, SMEs, government bodies, PR agencies, NGO’s, students pursuing PR related courses  and in-house PR departments.

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