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Media Houses Write to UCC over Red Berets

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has petitioned the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), to clarify on the issue of Red Berets.

This week, government warned all media houses against hosting any politicians who comes donning red berets.

According to Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, this measure agreed upon by media house owners and security forces earlier this week.

However, in a letter to the UCC Executive Director, Kin Kariisa the NAB Chairperson said the meeting which they held with UCC, Security Chiefs and Minister of Internal Affairs, passed only one resolution which was establishing a Security and Media Committee upon which the rest of the proposals would be raised for action or decision making.

“Whereas there was a discussion and declaration by security that wearing the red berets is illegal since its gazzeted and centrally to Section 169 and 179 of the Penal Code Act Cap 120, there was no agreed resolution or position henceforth that media houses should ban red berets in their programs or operations,” reads part of the letter.

Kariisa noted that as the matter is considered declared or decided upon by competent jurisdiction, there is need for official communication from UCC.

“Given the fact that you are our regulator, we need an official communication on this matter or an official communication as to whether wearing a red beret by persons not belonging to the forces is not allowed and are banned from being hosted on media platforms or not, such that we can communicate to our members accordingly,” the letter adds

On October 14, Joint Security forces raided the National Unity Platform party offices in Kampala and confiscated all the promotional materials like; T-shirts, Umbrellas, Berets, overalls, and neckties, while implementing the ban of wearing of Red berets by the People Power activists.

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In 2019, the war on Red Berets erupted between UPDF and the then People Power pressure group, which has since transformed into the NUP party.

UPDF threatened to prosecute people found in possession of the military accessories, insignia, decoration and uniform including the red Berets that is used as the NUP symbol.

“The action was endorsed by the top organs of the army which also commended the dress committee for concluding the task assigned to it years back. The development is a milestone in the long history of UPDF,” Brig. Richard Karemire, the then UPDF spokesperson said.

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