Patrick is a sports journalist, analyst and sports editor at KFM. He is the last born of four children. He was born in 1984 and bred in Masaka. When he reached the school-going age, his parents enrolled him in a primary school in Masaka and after primary seven; he joined Masaka Secondary School for his O-Level, and later joined St Charles Lwanga Kasasa for his Advanced Level, which he completed in 2003. Later in 2004, he joined Makerere University offering a Bachelors in Commerce.
However, after his university, he opted to practice journalism rather than commerce since his love for journalism had started right at an early age. He says when he was in Primary three and four, he had loved to work on radio and that developed his love for journalism. As a child, he had listened to radio often times and his dream was to work on the radio one day.
While in senior six vacation in 2003, he felt bored and thought he could work as a news anchor on a radio station. That gave him the confidence to walk into Equator FM radio studio in Masaka to ask Management if he could read news for them.
The following day, he was called to the station to do a voice test, which he did and passed. He was immediately offered a job as a news anchor on Equator FM, a job he did until he joined university. Kanyomozi says that when he was in Primary three and four, he had watched a lot of local sports and international sports on television and live matches. He loved watching Villa Fc who had a home ground in Masaka.
After university, he would not let his dream of working on radio die. He decided to join journalism as a sport’s writer since that was his area of speciality. He has worked with Uganda Broadcasting Television (UBC), Nation Television (NTV) and Kwese Television. But he added that his love has always been radio. Today, he is the sports editor at KFM and also the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) President, a post he has served for two years from 2018 to 2020. Recently, he won elections for a second term, which he has already started.
Kanyomozi was unopposed for the second term as President of USPA, because no one else showed interest in the post. Kanyomozi said he assumes the journalists were impressed with what he did during his first term. It was probably satisfaction that members appreciated during the first term and decided not to run against him. He added that “sports Journalists are very ambitious people and I would not know why no one contested against me, probably it was satisfaction that members got.” The one thing Kanyomozi felt after he got to know he was unopposed was a relief because he would not have to go through the trouble of campaigns again.
The first year of his first term run smoothly, because they achieved all their targets in the first year until this year in March when Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. Just like any other institution, USPA was affected too. He noted that like no one was prepared for the pandemic, neither was USPA. Since they were unable to carry out their activities, they resorted to a few they could accomplish.
Being sports journalists, their activities needed them to go out in the field but it became impossible. He added that they resorted to a few which they could do virtually. According to him, many of their members lost income since many sports activities were cancelled.
In his second term, Mr Kanyomozi is hoping to achieve a few targets he has set. First, he hopes to get USPA a permanent home; he noted that the association is 50 years old since it was founded in 1970 but has no home. He also hopes to improve on refresher courses for USPA members. The USPA boss hopes to empower members in a massive education campaign to equip them with digital skills. The president hopes to revive Sports Journalists Awards.
At the moment, USPA awards best sportsmen and women every year, he, however added that the journalists need to be awarded too.
Mr Kanyomozi also hopes to improve the USPA SACCO and take it to greater heights to empower its members financially. One of the achievements the USPA president is proud of from his first term in office is the fact that they rebranded and the fact they renovated the causality ward in Mulago hospital. He added that this was an activity that was supposed to cover a bigger part of the country but because of the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, they have had to put some of them on halt.
As soon as the restrictions are eased, USPA will resume the road safety campaign they have done for years and also resume on their activities to complete his second term which ends in 2022. He is also expecting support and cooperation from members and partners. He added that cooperation with partners is very important because the association is not a money-making association, but relies on partners for financial sustenance
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