Members of Parliament from Lango region on Tuesday told Parliament that the fine imposed on Unity FM was “exorbitant and unfair” to the proprietor.
A joint statement read on the floor by the Kole Woman MP, Judith Alyek stated that the Shs 12million fine that Uganda Communications Commission placed on the local community radio, after weeks of closure and loss of business, should be revised.
“Honorable Speaker and members, the closure and reopening of Radio Unity last year has left the station in a huge financial burden,” said Alyek.
The legislator backed by fellow colleagues including Commissioner, Cecilia Ogwal, Felix Okot Ogong of Dokolo South, Christine Achen of Alebtong and others, implored the Speaker and house to reign on UCC to revise the fine.
“Our prayer is that those at UCC consider the plight of the radio and revise the fine since the radio lost a number of business in forms of advertisements when it was closed for weeks,” noted Alyek.
When contacted on phone, UCC Director of Corporate Affairs, Fred Otunnu said the fine is not subjective but already set and gazetted by the law.
“The fines we put on any offender are not arbitrary but set and gazetted,” said Otunnu.
Radio Unity was forcefully shutdown by Police on November 17th 2018 on allegations of inciting violence after the death of an 11 year old Dickens Okello at the hands of two Indians.
The incident turned Lira into a battle field between the locals and police reinforced by the army.