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Catholic communicators’ association in Uganda re-elects office bearers

Monday 15 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Kampala, Brussels, February 15th, 2016 (Uganda Episcopal Conference/SIGNIS). The Association of Catholic Communication Practitioners in Uganda (ACCPU) held, in January, its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Uganda Catholic Secretariat premises in Kampala, during which members elected office-bearers to steer the association to the next level.

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Archbishop Odama (left), SImon Peter Byakatonda, Valerian Kkonde and Msgr. John Baptist Kauta

Simon Peter Byakatonda was re-elected for another term as chairman while Caroline Cecilia Akulo retained her position as the vice chairperson. Valerian Kkonde was also re-elected as the Secretary and Joel Ssenabulya was reinstated as the treasurer, each to serve a two year term.

Mr. Byakatonda following his re-election as the ACCPU chairman, said, “I am very honoured that the members have decided to re-elect me and my team to serve once again. We shall do everything we can to achieve our goals and we are going to accept all your advice openly since we are not masters but learners.”

Sr. Mary Lilly Driciru, Mr. Gerald Businge and Mr. Charles Ndawula were reinstated as board members, while the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) Executive Secretary of Social Communications Department Rev. Fr Philip Odii was re-elected as an ex-officio member.

The General Assembly mandated the team to review the association’s constitution to create more scholarship and other opportunities for its members. They were also empowered to organize more training for the ACCPU members, to open an office for the association, ensure the association is legally registered and open a reliable bank account. ACCPU’s current constitution was adopted at the last General Assembly in February, 2015.

ACCPU was officially launched on November 27, 2014 by the Chairman of the Social Communications Commission of Uganda Episcopal Conference, Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli, in the presence of the commission members and several journalists.

The association was established to promote unity and cooperation among Catholic communication practitioners to further the values of the Catholic Church, to provide members the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on church teaching and values, to advance professionalism, expertise and talents of its members, to inform with regard to building and sustaining communities in the economic, political, cultural, educational and religious spheres as well as to defend and protect members from forms of hardships met in the diligent course of their due practice among others.

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