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Board of Directors endorses strategy for salvaging UTPC, Press Clubs

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Members of Board of Directors at their meeting which took place recently in Mwanza under the chairmanship of president, Mr. Kenneth Simbaya sited center at the high table.

Board of Directors has passed a couple of resolutions, including endorsement of a strategy with a view to salvaging UTPC and regional Press Clubs from total disintegration.

Such decisions were reached during its one – day meeting, held recently at UTPC’s premises, situated along Balewa road, in Mwanza city.

After deliberating on a myriad of challenges currently facing the said institutions, the Board was satisfied that it was imperative that the Secretariat needs to be strengthened for it to be able to fulfil its obligations, based on the Board’s directives and Members General Meeting’s resolutions.

On fund raising issue, the Board resolved that UTPC truly needs to step up efforts to solicit funds from both local as well as foreign development partners.

A Finance and Planning  report submitted earlier on, proposed strategies that the Secretariat uses in salvaging oneself and which were subsequently endorsed by the Board including scouting new financiers of Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019 which is now on sale.

Under the aforesaid strategy, it is envisaged that the Secretariat will be strengthened further for it to be able to fulfil its obligations more effectively than ever before, resulting in staff members’ responsibilities and designations being restructured, strictly in conformity to separation of powers principle, which  emphasises team - work spirit.

Moreover, under the very strategy for salvaging UTPC already approved by the Board, the Secretariat will be tasked oversee Press Clubs with a critical eye, especially in matters pertaining to usage and management of Press Clubs’ property, including equipment and funds set aside for project implementation.

The overseeing obligation will be fulfilled not in compliance with an updated Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) only, but also by taking into account Press Clubs whose leaders are either weak or have contravened leadership code of conduct.

According to the new supervisory arrangement, project funds will no longer be disbursed to a Press Club characterized by mismanagement incidents and leadership wrangles unless and until proved challenges facing it have all been solved.

To the members of the Board of Directors, it was resolved that they play their pivotal oversight role in assisting the secretariat when it comes to scouting new donors.

For UTPC to be able to navigate safely its turbulent way through the Board was also reminded of their duty of making clarifications to Press clubs’ leaders on the importance of the hard decisions made.

 

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