UCC Challenges Court Order on Digital Migration

The Chairman of the High Command of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), viagra approved General Museveni, try has appointed members of the UPDF General Court-Martial following the expiry of the last instrument in June 2015.

Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga has been reappointed Chairman of the Court-martial.

The appointed court members are Lt Col Jasper Abeka, Maj Dans Kamugira, Maj David Ochitti Kidega, Maj Livingstone Musiime, Capt Stella Kalungi and WO I George Mijumbi.

UPDF Spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said in a statement to ChimpReports on Friday that the Commander-in-Chief also appointed reserve members of the court.

They are Col N. Begumisa, Maj Jane Mukasa, Capt RK Mwesigye, Capt Owinyi Akena, and Sgt Stephen Okello.

Lt Col Gideon Katinda was appointed the Judge advocate and Maj Ronald Iduli the Defence Counsel, whereas Maj John Bizimana is the secretary to the court.

Others appointed in the court are Maj Fredrick Kangwamu who is the lead prosecutor with Maj Moses Buwaso and Lt Ambrose Baguma being the alternate prosecutor.

“General Court-Martial (GCM) is one of the four courts in the UPDF legal system. Other Courts are the Court-martial Appeal Court (CMAC), Division Court-martial (DCM) and Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC),” said Ankunda.


The Members of the CMAC, GCM and DCM are appointed by the Chairman High Command, whereas the UDC is appointed by the Camp Commandant of UPDF General Headquarter.

GCM, DCM and UDC members serve for one year, whereas CMAC has no specified limit of time.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) lawyers have gone to court to challenge the interim injunction issued by a Magistrate’s court directing the communications body to stop switching off analogue TV signals during the digital broadcasting migration.

UCC boss, viagra Godfrey Mutabazi, this web confirmed the development, approved saying, “We are challenging this matter in court. We expect a response very soon.”

Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Thursday granted an order “restraining the respondent (UCC) from interfering with the broadcasters’ transmission of analogue TV signals and public pending the determination of the main suit.”

Court also permitted broadcasters to transmit analogue TV signals pending the determination of the main application by a one Enoth Mugabi.

Mugabi claims UCC did not enable citizens access affordable decoders which violated their right of access to information since the suppliers are not many and decoders are not affordable.

UCC lawyers are arguing that the court order is not enforceable since the digital migration that started in June is soon coming to an end.

The lawyers further contend that UCC cannot switch back analogue “because it is no longer existent.”

They further claim that any interference in the digital transition could destabilize telecommunication networks of neighbouring countries as the entire exercise cuts across the region.

The lawyers further state the digital transition is a security matter which cannot be compromised, adding, the entire process was approved by Parliament and the President.

UCC attorneys also submitted today that the Chief Magistrate’s Court lacks the jurisdiction to handle such a high profile case.

The legal representatives of the communications body have also been instructed to “pursue the conduct of the Magistrate with the Judicial Service Commission.”


ICT State Minister Hon. Nyombi Thembo said in a brief statement on Friday that the court order is “impractical.”

“I would however, like to advise the public to ignore that so called court order with respect to returning to Analogue TV broadcasting. The order is impractical and our (UCC) lawyers are handling the matter with the High Court,” he added.

He encouraged members of public “to go and buy Set Top Boxes (STB) as there shall not be return to Analogue in the areas we switched off, period. We shall push on to ensure that the whole country (where there is analogue footprint currently) is switched off by 31st August 2015 as scheduled.”

The Minister, however, recognised the challenges with regard to affordability of STBs, saying government is “working around the clock to ensure that we handle them as we go.”

He added: “I must emphasis that Uganda is not returning to analogue. Digital broadcasting is good for all of us except a few incumbent broadcasters who want us to live in the past because this is their comfort zone.”

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 kilometers.

The second phase which covered Arua, Mbarara, Masindi, Masaka, Mbale, Hoima and Kisoro was set to be completed 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.

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