Everyone has something to give -Brian Luwaga

Saturday June 15 2019

Brian Luwaga  is a writer, journalist and the

Brian Luwaga is a writer, journalist and the newly elected president of the Rotary Club of Wobulenzi 

By Gabriel Buule

Tell us about yourself briefly
I am a public relations manager, a journalist and a Rotarian. I went to Bishop Ssenyonjo and Nakyenyi Secondary School for both O and A- Levels.
I later joined Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education for a Diploma in Journalism in 2008. I later enrolled at Ndejje University and graduated with Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2016.
I started working in 2009 as an enumerator with Uganda Bureau of Statistics in Lwengo District.
I later joined Star FM and Red Pepper Publications where I worked until 2011.
Currently I work with Uganda Radio Network as bureau chief for Greater Luweero District, which comprises of Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts.
What inspired you to join rotary?
I was motivated by friends to join a Rotaract club in 2008. I wanted to network with professionals but I later I found out that it offered more than that. Fun, fellowship, service, leadership skills, among other benefits.
Why should one join rotary?
Rotarians are people with hearts of gold. I have also found contentment in doing charity work through Rotary.
How does journalism apply to rotary activities?
Both journalism and rotary serve almost the same purpose. They promote fairness, transformation and improving service delivery. Every day I report about challenges faced by women while giving birth with a view that the State or other people can help to address their plight. Rotarians mobilise resources and have done several projects that promote maternal health.
There is a cliché that rotary is only for rich people. Is this true?
Rotary is not for rich people but for people who are rich at heart. Rotarians are content people who believe in sharing what they have with others. We have grown up thinking that for people to give, they must have too much, which is not true. I believe that every person has something to give and that is the spirit exhibited by Rotarians.
At the time you joined rotary, did you have a dream of becoming a club president?
Not at all, but Rotary fosters and develops leadership skills. I have been progressing in various positions till the club found me worthy to be the President.
Why should a Ugandan be part of a Rotary Club?
There are many reasons to join Rotary some are personal benefits, but the most important one is service. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian. The chance to do something for somebody else and the fulfillment that comes in the process is worthwhile.
Are rotary clubs still relevant to society?
Rotary clubs are becoming more relevant today than ever before, because of the unending needs in our communities. Rotarians are people of action who mobilise resources to construct water sources, hospitals, schools among others.
In Uganda, rotarians mobilised funds to construct the first private blood bank at Mengo hospital. We are now looking for funds to equip it.
We have also constructed a cancer ward at Nsambya hospital and are still mobilising funds to equip it among other projects.

Are you married?
Not yet but I am in a serious relationship
Do you cook at home?