Tumwebaze: Shs13bn too little to reform UBC TV

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ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze says he has been trying to restructure the national television, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation [UBC TV], but the resources are still limited.

“I have been wanting resources to restructure UBC, unfortunately, Parliament ‘cut’ our budget to only Shs13bn,” he said while appearing on “NBS Face Off” programme on Sunday.

“At every stage you have challenges. When the budget is read, look at the mitigation measures.”

He added: “We are going to restructure UBC. I want an engineering audit report on UBC to know the capacity of the equipment available.”

Government, he said, is supporting innovation but unfortunately, Parliament ‘cut’ UBC budget to only Shs13bn which is not enough.

He said analysing problems a society is facing is different from strength of the government.

“The question should be, how are they mitigating them?”

The minister said he was in the final staging of creating the digital vision for Uganda.

“In Kigali that you people admire, mayors are appointed. For ICT to be relevant, you must have a plan and vision. It is an enabler.”

Tumwebaze agreed social media switch off has been defeated by technology.

“VPNs are available. What we can do is to filter content. We are a highly political society. People will always complain. Even if you gave them three years, they wouldn’t register their SIM cards.”

He was also asked on the 2013 impeachment of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.

Host: Are you proud?

Frank: I impeached Lukwago because it was my work. I was an enforcement leader and not a political person in KCCA. I switched off SIM cards because it was part of my work.

Host: You were fighting with Lukwago?

Frank: He is still fighting.