27 June 2013

Uganda: I Bond With Her At Supper


Tera Kaaya is a news anchor on Agataliko Nfuufu on Bukedde TV and a producer with Bukedde FM. Carol Kasujja had a chat with him about love and work

Tera, after you hosted President Yoweri Museveni on a talkshow, did you become friends?

I think we are friends because I am the only one who has managed to host him thrice on talkshows. I also made friends with some people in his office.

After the talkshow, I think women kept your phone busy, how did you handle the pressure?

Oh my God! I was forced to switch off my phone for sometime. People thought the President had given me money, yet he did not.

Apart from interviewing the President, what have you achieved in journalism?

So far that is the greatest achievement. Hosting the President pushed me to another level. I am one of the respected people in my village. Many people consult me and I have used their advice to develop my career.

While reading news, do you sometimes feel like laughing?

Sometimes I feel the urge to laugh, but I control it by making a funny comment at the end of the news item so that viewers laugh at the comment as I move on. But it is hard to control laughter.

Last Sunday was Father's Day, what kind of father are you?

I am a loving and caring father. I do not cane my children, but they respect me more than their mother, who canes them. I guide my children using verses in the Bible.

You work seven days a week, do you have time for your family?

I hardly spend time with my family because of my busy work schedule. In fact, this has caused a 'fight' between me and my wife. Sometimes my children spend days without seeing me because I always get home when they are asleep and leave very early.

So, how do you play your role as a father/husband?

On Saturdays and Sundays, I wake up early and take my children for a walk. They love it and during the walk, they share with me anything that is bothering them. I also spend more time with them on Sundays after 5:00pm. Everyday, my wife waits for me to return home. Even if I get home after 1:00am, I find her in the sitting room, waiting to serve me dinner. That is how we bond. I do not have supper outside home.

How long have you been married?

Eight years. I will answer everything you ask, but I am not going to tell you my wife's name.

What makes your wife tick?

She is innovative and understanding. She is like a mother to me. With my busy work schedule, she would have packed her bags and left, but she has not.

What would you do if you caught her cheating?

I would just keep silent because if I react, I would embarrass myself. Silence is the best punishment anyone can give to a cheating partner.

Are you a celebrity?

Yes, I grew up in a humble family and I have worked hard for my success. Today, I interact with the rich.

If you were not a journalist... .

I would be a priest. I was admitted for a course in theology, but my parents failed to raise fees for the course. I miss priesthood.

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