In a landmark election held at A’lure Hotel and Suites in Mutundwe, Kampala, Balaam Barugahara, the esteemed businessman behind Balaam Marketing and Promotion Agency, has emerged as the newly elected president of the National Federation of Entertainment Promoters Limited (NAFEP).
The elections, which took place on Wednesday, were presided over by Francis Peter Ojede, the Executive Director of the Uganda National Cultural Centre.
Barugahara’s victory was nothing short of resounding, as he secured an overwhelming majority of votes from his fellow Ugandan entertainment promoters. The prominent businessman, who also holds the position of Vice Chairperson within the MK Movement, graciously accepted his new role and immediately set forth a vision of unity and progress for the federation.
During his acceptance speech, Barugahara passionately emphasized the importance of teamwork, drawing a metaphorical comparison between a team and a toolset. “A team is like a toolset; not one tool can do all the jobs, but together it can, so let’s join our hands together to work with team spirit in the day-to-day functioning of our Federation and for the well-being of our people,” he expressed.
Barugahara extended his gratitude to several entities that played pivotal roles in ensuring the smooth conduct of the elections. He commended the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) for their independent oversight of the election process and AfriAid for providing both the venue and meals during the voting.
He further acknowledged the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development for their support in promoting unity among promoters and hailed Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) for the crucial support that contributed to the milestone achieved.
in the same spirit of teamwork Balaam committed to work with National Culture Forum (NCF) which is apex body for associations and federations in private sector to strengthen the federation
The election also saw the selection of three vice presidents, David Mpora, Lubuulwa Moses, and Mariam Mutakubwa. In addition to the executive roles, other prominent figures were elected to key positions within NAFEP. Kavuma Musa, known as KT, assumed the role of chairman of the finance committee, while Balunywa Juma was entrusted with leading the Public Relations (PR) committee. Halima Namakula took on the responsibility of heading the Special Interest Groups division.
The organizational structure was further solidified with the election of Ronald Muyomba as chairman of the research and innovation committee, Sserugo Emma as the chairperson of the operations committee, Nobert Twizire as the head of compliance, and Kisuza Richard as the chairperson of the regulations committee and disciplinary committee.
The election of Balaam Barugahara as the president of NAFEP marks a significant turning point for the Promoters federation, with expectations of taking a relatively more clear path towards achieving key issues in the promoters docket, given his commitment to unity, progress, and collaborative effort in ensuring a strong structured sector.