Betty Nambooze Bakireke, a councilwoman for Mukono Municipality, has disclosed that Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba, a longtime friend and clan member, has enrolled in additional coursework to safeguard his job as a juicer.
Nambooze revealed that one of the applicants for a PHD program at Makerere University this academic year is Nsereko, a well-known talk show host at Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi‘s CBS radio.
“I’m not the only one who’s benefited from CBS, even you, Meddie Nsereko, who came here as a music show host and had a late-night program but is now a big man in the nation with a number of degrees, including the PHD you’re studying,” Nambooze said.
Nsereko acknowledged that he has submitted a college application.
But he bragged that no one could succeed him because he had grown along with Kabaka’s radio since it began in 1996.
According to highly placed sources at the Masengere house where CBS is housed, Nsereko’s position was in danger from Dunstan Busulwa, who was recruited from Top media, between 2020 and 22.
Jackson Ssenyonga, a controversial pastor who also owns the Christian Life Church in Makerere Kavule, is the owner of Top Media.
In addition to serving as host of the renowned Maaso ku ggwanga political talk show at Top Media, Busulwa served as the company’s chief operating officer.
According to sources, his State House handlers exerted significant pressure on him to join CBS.
Later, his Mengo establishment friends wanted to put him forward to replace Nsereko on the Kiriza oba gana talk show on CBS Radio 89.2 and the Saturday Palamenti Yaffe on FM 88.8.
According to sources, Nsereko’s life was saved by his longtime friend Gen. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s younger brother Salim Saleh.
When President Museveni’s administration shut down CBS radio in 2009 following the deadly riots in Buganda, Nsereko refused to accept offers from other radio stations that were courting him and waited for more than a year and thirteen days until CBS radio was reopened.
He explained this during his Thursday talk show on CBS radio, where he said he cannot leave because there is no radio station where he can command respect like at CBS.
He continued by saying that he has supported a number of politicians, including Betty Nambooze and Joseph Tamale Mirundi, senior presidential advisor on media, who he greatly assisted in planning their wedding.
Nsereko said, “Nambooze, you need to appreciate me. I gave you a platform by hosting you here at late hours and even drove you back to Mukono because you were so poor and had no money for transportation.”
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, a councilor for Kira Municipality who was also extremely impoverished and couldn’t even afford to buy food for himself, was one of the politicians he assisted, he continued.
He admitted that he was the one who used to buy lunch in Wandegeya for Ssemujju.
However, Nambooze and Ssemujju begged the Mengo leadership to relax the requirements they place on opposition politicians when they are hosted on CBS.
Nambooze cited the circumstances as the reason why she is no longer a host on CBS.
Ssemujju, however, is always invited but must abide by strict guidelines.
Both lawmakers concurred that these conditions were imposed by the administration of President Museveni, which is why the radio is broadcasting without a license that was revoked by the Uganda Communication Commission in 2009 after they were accused of breaking communication laws.
In addition to currently operating illegally, some employees have begun departing the station in search of better opportunities.
Recently, Musanyusa and Dictator Mark, who were hosting the evening cruise music show, resigned due to unfavorable working conditions.
The renowned presenter, according to sources, intends to follow in the footsteps of other former CBS presenters like Moses Tamale who left for abroad in search of better opportunities.
According to sources, Dr. Sam Kazibwe, a university dean who teaches journalism and mass communication, is also planning to leave CBS to focus on his academic career.
According to sources, Dr. Kazibwe was told by his doctors not to spend a lot of time in the radio studio because the air he breathes there affects his lungs. As a result, his doctors allegedly advised him not to spend a lot of time there.