Emotions ran, and are still running high as Ugandans were treated to some unexpected drama after Roger Mugisha, a Radio Presenter and Kampala socialite among others, quit his job live on radio.
What people had to say:
“I am nearly crying Roger. You gave me reason to wake up early so that I can listen to you but now, I think I won’t even wake up. Do you really have to quit and leave us?”
“Good riddance! Are you gonna tell kids to be quitters now?! You had a great forum to rally and rather help the voiceless express their discontent and you blew it! What are you gonna do now? You can’t even walk to work now!”
“Guys, I don’t think I will not miss Mugisha Roger, but there is something he is trying to get out of us that we all share in common. He has led the way and it is only you who has the guts to free yourself and join him. Simple, sit back and think and then act on it. Otherwise it will keep haunting you! Don’t be surprised at the outcome or number and what happens next”
“As someone who has been on radio before, I understand where Roger is coming from. Radio requires that you communicate in a certain way when there are sensitive stake holders involved. It requires that even when you are having a bad day, you smile and pretend that everything is fine. (Which is okay not to put your frustrations out in public) but some situations require that you speak your mind. Roger you have made your point”
Roger Mugisha who has worked in the industry for the last 16 years most recently as a presenter of the morning show, D’Mighty Breakfast resigned live on Radio.
His resignation was over the news that Members of Parliament are receiving 103 million Uganda Shillings, an equivalent of about 45,000 USD to purchase personal cars. Roger Mugisha says he is resigning on a point of principal to highlight the lack of prioritization by government, leaving teachers, health workers to starve, while enriching the already well to do MPS.
Roger Mugisha took to his Facebook and had this to say:
“You can judge me all you want, but there are values that are embedded in my inner core that I can't compromise. I can't pretend that everything is ok when it’s not. My New Year resolution is to take action and not just whisper the Ugandan way. We all fear to speak and yet we are hurting .Mps aren't there cars in the bond of 20m? Why 103m for cars that depreciate? The teachers who taught you are still in the schools you went to hoping, you will come to their rescue. B.S!”
“Am being offered a pay rise....My quitting is not ABOUT money, I was concerned about what I could have said on air out of anger that could have led to the closure of the radio when some people depend on this job. I make enough money outside radio, so it's not about money. I have loved this country for all I remember and I think our leaders need a reality check. I am trying to make a point here that, enough is enough. ”