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Uganda gov’t targets radio stations in age limit crackdown

BY Tom Mugisha,

KAMPALA– The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has closed a radio station that was broadcasting a live debate by a district council calling for a resolution against proposed amendment of the constitution to lift the 75-age cap on presidency.

Radio Kitara in Masindi, western Uganda was switched off on Tuesday. According to the radio’s programmes director, Annet Najemba, they have not received any written communications as to why the station was switched off.

She said they had received a call from a one Medi Kagwa, who claimed to be a UCC official telling her that the radio was switched off over some technical issues.

Ms Najemba said the switching off of the radio station without prior notice has greatly affected their listeners and advertisers.

 “We may not rely on the council meeting because we need prior preparation, our earlier preparation has been affected by UCC,” Najemba said.

Two other radio stations; Pearl FM and  Kanungu Broadcasting Services were temporarily switched off for allegedly running programmes seen to be against the plan to remove the presidential age cap.

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