Parliament ups plans to set up own radio

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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says parliament will start its own radio station.

She was Monday evening appearing on 98.4 Impact FM for a talk show to discuss the performance of the 10th Parliament and other topical issues relating to Parliament.

Kadaga informed the public that Parliament plans to set up its own radio, and hopes the radio will mitigate misinformation about Parliamentary business.

According to Parliament’s official website, Jowat Enterprises Uganda was awarded the contract to set up the Parliament Radio on January 19, 2018.

The much-awaited studio for the Parliament radio station is being set up in the parliament building basement.

The Radio project, amounting to Shs350m is being sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and will initially cover costs of civil and electrical works.

In February 2018, Parliament’s Director for Communication and Public Affairs Chris Obore defended the move by parliament to establish its own Radio and Television Station.

Chris Obore said that private stations cannot give parliament 24-hour coverage because they equally have obligations outside parliament.

He said parliament needs a platform which will enable it to provide continuous coverage of proceedings in the chambers, committees and related field activities.

He, however, noted that although in the pipeline, the proposed establishment of the television stations is moving at a low pace due to lack of funding.

Obore says that the Parliament Radio is to be launched immediately after procuring the necessary equipment and securing a frequency from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

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