UCC suspends Spark TV ‘Koona’ show, host Rwamiti over Lubwama saga

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UCC suspends Spark TV ‘Koona’ show, host Rwamiti over Lubwama saga

Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] has suspended Spark TV’s ‘Koona’ programme, producer and presenter, Miles Rwamiti, after Rubaga South MP Kato Lubwama slapped Andrew Mukasa Bajjo, an events promoter, on air.

UCC executive director, Godfrey Mutabazi, in a notice cited what he called a “breach of the minimum broadcasting standards” during the programme “KOONA” that was aired on Friday 21st December 2018, and hosted by Mr Miles Rwamiti.

He says Spark Television relayed live broadcasts of content that was contrary to the minimum broadcasting standards.

“On Dec 21st 2018, Spark TV aired a program ‘Koona’, where we noticed total breach of the Minimum Broadcasting Standards, breach of its licence terms and conditions and the law,” Mutabazi wrote.

He added: “The Programme,’Koona’, producer and presenter of this show have henceforth been suspended immediately.”

He quoted Section 31(a) (ii) and (iv) of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 prohibits broadcasters from broadcasting any programme or content that directly or indirectly promotes hatred or a culture of violence and likely to incite and/or glorify violent behaviours.

During the show, MP Lubwama went out of his way and fought Mukasa for putting him on the spot on failure to fellow Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Mukasa accused Lubwama of making no contribution in Parliament because he cannot speak English and that he failed to speak in defence of Bobi Wine because “he doesn’t know English”.

When Lubwama protested, Mukasa dared him to address Spark TV viewers in English. Lubwama instead lost his temper and slapped Mukasa. It took the efforts of events promoter Abbey Musinguzi Aka Abitex and the show host Miles Rwamiti to separate the two before Lubwama stormed out of the studio.

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