Kenya’s Oloo Janak Elected Africa’s Journalists Secretary General

The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) chairman Oloo Janak has been elected as Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) Secretary General.

Janak was elected during the CAJ first General Meeting where it elected its Governing Council for a three-year term.

Leaders elected in the Governing Council are President, Alexandre Niyungeko (Burundi); Vice-President, Christopher Isiguzo (Nigeria); SecretaryGeneral, William Oloo (Kenya); Treasurer, Ms. Monique Kacou (Côted’Ivoire).

Others elected as members of the Governing Council were: Foster Dongozi (Zimbabwe); Ibrahima Ndiaye (Senegal); Ms. Idda Francis Mushi (Tanzania; Ms. Indira Correia Balde (Guinea Bissau); and Siyabonga Dlamini (Swaziland).

Reserve Members are Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (Somalia); Ms. Patsy Athanase (Seychelles); and Emmanuel Chibwana (Malawi).

The newly elected officials have been tasked with addressing

issues affecting journalists and their organizations in Africa.

In the first part of the General Meeting on 20 October 2020, the Congress adopted its constitution allowing journalists union and associations to join as full member affiliates; and other media and editors organizations as associate affiliates.

“The Congress of African Journalists is open to all member unions and associations of Journalists in the African continent.” “Other journalists organizations (editors guild, media and journalism trainers’ organizations, etc.) can be admitted with the associate member status. ”

“We extend solidarity to all journalists, media workers, and the respective media organizations in this trying moment. The CAJ is set to be an inclusive platform to address all issues affecting journalists, media workers, editors, in their work in Africa,” said Alexandre Niyungeko, president of CAJ. “We call on female journalists particularly to join the Congress and to lead on a number of programs envisaged to address issues related to gender-based violence, sexual and verbal harassment, as well as online abuse.

The commitments to fight specific threats facing female journalists must be reinforced”.

The General Meeting, which was hosted by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), received a presentation from the United Nations-Office of the Special Advisor on Africa on the SDG Media Compact.

The CAJ condemns all attacks on journalists and calls for the release of all journalists out of jail.

The CAJ resolves to continue to engage all Governments, the African Union, and partners to uphold press freedom, the safety of journalists, freedom of expression, and access to information in Africa.