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Government orders TV, radio stations to broadcast Museveni’s New Year message live

All radio and television stations in Uganda have been forced to adjust their Sunday programming following a directive from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to broadcast President Museveni’s New Year message live.

In his letter to all broadcasters in Uganda dated December 28, UCC executive Godfrey Mutabazi says they will be required to allocate Mr Museveni two hours to deliver his New Year message to Ugandans.

“Reference is made to our letter dated 22nd December 2017 under reference Number UCC/OED/02/17, on the above subject [live transmission of presidential New Year’s message]. The Commission hereby notifies you of the changes made in the time for the live broadcast of His Excellency, the President’s New Year’s message on 31st December 2017.

The President’s New Year’s Message has now been scheduled to be broadcast between 1900 hours to 2100 on the 31st December 2017,” reads a letter signed by Mr Mutabazi.

After receiving the letter, Capital FM Uganda was among the first broadcasters to tell their listeners about the planned change in their Sunday programming.

“Dear listeners, our usual programming will change on the 31st of December 2017 between the hours of 7PM – 9PM in order to relay the President’s New Year’s message as instructed by UCC,” read a message on their social media platforms.

“We cannot say no to the directive,” said Bishop David Kiganda, the proprietor of Kingdom FM and KTV.

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1 comment

rezen Dec 30, 2017 at 1:57 am

Subject: Government orders TV, radio stations to broadcast Museveni’s New Year message live, By Daily Monitor, Dec 29, 2017

Commentary, 29 Dec 2017
QUOTE: “Dear listeners, our usual programming will change on the 31st of December 2017 between the hours of 7PM – 9PM in order to relay the President’s New Year’s message as instructed by UCC,” read a message on their social media platforms. “We cannot say no to the directive,” said Bishop David Kiganda, the proprietor of Kingdom FM and KTV. UNQUOTE

The above is a gem of a quote. I rush to point out, however, the other side of the ‘coin’: i.e. for the Bishop to flat out refuse the Order. I prefer his decision, which gives him a space to expose the Dictator without anybody being fired etc. I admire the Bishop’s wisdom of criticizing the ruthless Dictator of the Land. It was Fatherly advice as well as well as sharp criticism. No doubt, the ruthless Dictator – enemy of Uganda – Graduate of Makerere University, will understand it, perfectly. All Dictators have shrewd perspective. And NOTHING will happen to the Bishop.

Now let’s face the opposite of the above i.e. the highest class of strata in Uganda: a) the Modern Educated Ugandan Intellectuals, holders of Doctor of Philosophy Degree; b) the Top Educated Diplomatic Echelons of the Ugandan Government, involved with UN International Organizations; c) the educated members of Parliament, who have knowledge of other parliamentary works ; d) the Top well-known Ugandan Justices and Lawyers. and finally, e) the Top Ugandan University Academicians who are well read, chapter and verses, about the noble concepts of human liberty and freedom of expression

Where are all the above sectors of the Nation? Don’t they have MORAL duty to express their views (in the strongest words possible) when the State [in this case, Uganda] is going off track, based on ONE, and only ONE, diabolical species going out of human control to destroy the Nation? If the above listed categories of the Society prefer to be silent, who would SAVE Uganda from a mad man? THE END.

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