UCC grills radio presenters for de-campaigning age limit

The journalists are accused of being one-sided on age limit

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned presenters of Kanungu Broadcasting Services (KBS) against de-campaigning the age limit bill which is meant to make President Yoweri Museveni a life president.

At the start of the week, UCC questioned two journalists working with a local radio station based in Kanungu district for close to six hours.

Ronald Agaba also known as Mwene Ngaro who hosts the “Early Morning show” and Kyokwijuka Desmond Misri, a global focus presenter who doubles a Runyankore-Rukiga news anchor were suspended on directives of UCC in October.

They are accused of de-campaigning the controversial age limit debate and consultations using airwaves.

UCC executive director, Eng Godfrey Mutabazi, said the journalists’ presentations were likely to incite the public against the government.

Accompanied by Capt Charles Byaruhanga, one of the company directors, Misri and Agaba went to UCC offices in Bugolobi early Tuesday.

They were questioned by Kenneth Seguya, the head of compliance at UCC who reportedly told to stop attacking government.

Kaddu further warned them against being partisan while presenting on air because saying their outbursts were injurious to listeners’ minds and could incite violence.

He ordered KBS management to submit a written document detailing a commitment to ensure that their staff will never again be heard to be one-sided when presenting on air before they are allowed to get back on air.

The two journalists were suspended on October 18th when UCC briefly closed the station.