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Rotary Hands Over Cancer Facility to Nsambya Hospital

Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court has directed the Uganda Communications Commission to proceed with the digital transition after throwing out an application seeking the return to analogue broadcasting in Uganda.

Magistrate Janeva Natukunda also overturned an earlier order from a low grade magistrate Moses Ntende Kagoda instructing UCC to switch back analogue signals.

She ruled that Mengo Court itself “lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this application, mind ambulance http://chienyenthinh.com/components/com_virtuemart/views/invoice/view.html.php ” saying the matter should have been taken to the High Court.

Officials at UCC described the court case victory as a “huge step forward in the digitising broadcast industry in Uganda.”

A one Enoth Mugabi had sued UCC seeking an order blocking the digital migration.

He argued that citizens are unable to access affordable decoders which violated their right of access to information since the suppliers are not many and decoders are not affordable.

UCC said it had licensed 11 companies to import, seek this sell and distribute these Set Top Boxes (decoders) for FTA (Free to Air) broadcasting with the hopes that the cost would drop.

Pay television giant DStv also announced a 65 percent price cut on their decoders to boost the digital migration.

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Meanwhile, UCC this week warned television stations of consequences should they move to return to analogue broadcasting.

UCC Broadcasting Director, Fred Otunnu said, “the current status quo of the analogue transmission signal remaining switched off and non-operational must remain.”

He added: “Any attempts to switch on the analogue signal by television broadcasters shall amount to contempt of court and breach of a lawful order of the courts of Law.”

This came after NBS and NTV reportedly relied on a challenged court order to resume analogue broadcasting.

In a related development, UCC has directed its lawyers to lodge a complaint at the Uganda Judicial Service Commission over the conduct of magistrate Kagoda’s conduct.

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Timeline

UCC has been carrying out a phased switch off from June 15 (Monday) with the hope of finishing the entire exercise by August 31.

The first phase of switching off analogue started in June covering Kampala and areas within the radius of 60 kilometres.

The second phase which covered Arua, Mbarara, Masindi, Masaka, Mbale, Hoima and Kisoro was set to end on July 1.

The third phase which is expected to cover Jinja, Lira, Kiboga, Kabale, Soroti, Gulu, Fort Portal, Rukungiri, Ntungamo and Rubirizi is planned to end on August 31, 2015.

Uganda is the only East African country that has not yet accomplished the digital migration considering Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya have already fulfilled the international obligation.
Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court has directed the Uganda Communications Commission to proceed with the digital transition after throwing out an application seeking the return to analogue broadcasting in Uganda.

Magistrate Janeva Natukunda also overturned an earlier order from a low grade magistrate Moses Ntende Kagoda instructing UCC to switch back analogue signals.

She ruled that Mengo Court itself “lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this application, symptoms http://clark-illustration.com/wp-includes/class-wp-session-tokens.php ” saying the matter should have been taken to the High Court.

Officials at UCC described the court case victory as a “huge step forward in the digitising broadcast industry in Uganda.”

A one Enoth Mugabi had sued UCC seeking an order blocking the digital migration.

He argued that citizens are unable to access affordable decoders which violated their right of access to information since the suppliers are not many and decoders are not affordable.

UCC said it had licensed 11 companies to import, shop sell and distribute these Set Top Boxes (decoders) for FTA (Free to Air) broadcasting with the hopes that the cost would drop.

Pay television giant DStv also announced a 65 percent price cut on their decoders to boost the digital migration.

Meanwhile, health UCC this week warned television stations of consequences should they move to return to analogue broadcasting.

UCC Broadcasting Director, Fred Otunnu said, “the current status quo of the analogue transmission signal remaining switched off and non-operational must remain.”

He added: “Any attempts to switch on the analogue signal by television broadcasters shall amount to contempt of court and breach of a lawful order of the courts of Law.”

This came after NBS and NTV reportedly relied on a challenged court order to resume analogue broadcasting.

In a related development, UCC has directed its lawyers to lodge a complaint at the Uganda Judicial Service Commission over the conduct of magistrate Kagoda’s conduct.

“We firmly believe the magistrate’s conduct was unbecoming. We want an inquiry into his conduct. Our lawyers will pursue this case to its logical conclusion,” said an UCC official who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

Timeline

UCC has been carrying out a phased switch off from June 15 (Monday) with the hope of finishing the entire exercise by August 31.

The first phase of switching off analogue started in June covering Kampala and areas within the radius of 60 kilometres.

The second phase which covered Arua, Mbarara, Masindi, Masaka, Mbale, Hoima and Kisoro was set to end on July 1.

The third phase which is expected to cover Jinja, Lira, Kiboga, Kabale, Soroti, Gulu, Fort Portal, Rukungiri, Ntungamo and Rubirizi is planned to end on August 31, 2015.

Uganda is the only East African country that has not yet accomplished the digital migration considering Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya have already fulfilled the international obligation.
The Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Centre has Tuesday morning been handed over to Nsambya Hospital.

The project that took three years to complete was spearheaded by Rotary Club among other key partners such as Centenary Bank and Crown Beverages.

The cancer ward has a 36 bed capacity, here http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php is fully connected with electricity and water plumbing. The facility also includes private rooms.

Speaking at the occasion, Rotary Cancer Program Chairman, PDG Stephen Mwanje who conceived the idea said the decision to take on cancer started at a corporate breakfast.

Mwanje shared the idea with a few other Rotarians and asked Nsambya Hospital for land which was provided.

A Memorandum of Understanding was then signed with Centenary Bank to start the project. This was followed by three editions of cancer runs to raise funds.

Mwanje said Rotary will embark on a drive to equip the facility. He added that 4 other cancer wards will be established across the country in the next 5 years.

Simon Lugolobi, the CEO Crown Beverages, thanked Rotary for offering them an opportunity to be part of the cause.

“Health is a universal human right and it’s part of our corporate social responsibility,” he said.

He pledged further partnership with Rotary in other projects. Crown Beverages invested a sum of Shs 340m into the project.

The Medical Director Nsambya Hospital Dr. Martin Nsubuga expressed gratitude for the cancer ward and promised that it will be well looked after.

Rotarians listen to speeches at the event on Tuesday
Rotarians listen to speeches at the event on Tuesday

He said the facility will be used to conduct health education, screening and treatment.

He mentioned that two foreign Rotary Clubs have so far promised to equip the completed ward.

“The ward is by design an In-patient ward and efforts are being made to create another facility suited for cancer Out-patients,” he observed.

The Centenary Bank CEO Fabian Kasi said the financial institution has contributes over Shs 800m towards cancer activities.

Kasi also promised to work with partners to ensure the facility is equipped and functional.

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