UCC Warns Television Stations on Analogue Signals

Police have commenced preparations to respond to Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi’s ‘consultations’ in Mbale, sildenafil Chimp Corps report.

This was after Mbabazi insisted he would proceed with his district meetings irrespective of a police warning that such assemblies are “illegal” until the presidential hopeful receives a green light from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) where he is a member and the national Electoral Commission.

Mbabazi is Thursday expected in Mbale where he intends to consult with NRM officials and his supporters on his anticipated 2016 presidential candidature.

Yet, recipe Gen Kayihura last week wrote to Mbabazi, informing him that the meetings would not be accepted.

“Your programme of public meetings is not cleared by police and cannot go ahead as you intended until, as requested by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you first harmonise the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party- the NRM,” warned Kayihura.

The police chief further revealed that, “There are other issues relating to the requirements under the Public Order Management Act which I will communicate to you, after you have showed evidence to the police that your intended public meetings are lawful.”

But Mbabazi maintains that his right to consult is enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda.

“I saw the letter from the IGP in which they said I am not allowed to consult, but the law says you can consult when you intend to aspire but they are briefly saying I should not stand. For them to say that anyone to aspire they have to consult party is nonsense,” said Mbabazi upon returning from a foreign trip on June 29.


“I don’t need clearance from police to do my work. What I am required by law to do I will do,” he added.

Police deploy

Highly placed police sources said Gen Kayihura has since communicated to Mbale Police Station about Mbabazi’s plans to hold meetings in the area which the IGP says should be blocked.

Since then, the anti-riot police personnel have been put on high alert to respond accordingly should Mbabazi proceed with the trip.

Kayihura and senior police officials were during the weekend expected in Mbale for a security meeting.

It is reported that Mbabazi’s campaign manager, Hope Mwesigye, last month met with FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi at a restaurant in Kampala where they agreed to join forces against President Museveni.

Mafabi would later hand over mobile handsets to all FDC district secretaries to ease communication with the party. This was seen a strategic move by Mbabazi’s camp to maintain close communication with the opposition grassroot officials.

It is assumed that Police are likely to face a joint force of opposition activists and Mbabazi supporters in Mbale.

A senior security official told ChimpReports on Sunday that, “Should Mbabazi insist on breaking the law, we will get him. He must consult and liaise with police before holding political assemblies.”

Basing on communications from Electoral Commission and NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, Kayihura last month assured Mbabazi: “It is clear that your (Mbabazi) party has neither sponsored nor endorsed you as an aspirant within the meaning of the NRM constitution and law, and that you have no locus standi to hold public meetings as prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant, and that your aspirations are illegal.”

Appearing on Capital Gang radio talk show on Saturday, Mbabazi said police do not have a mandate to block him for making consultations.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned television stations of consequences should they move to return to analogue broadcasting.

UCC Broadcasting Director, see Fred Otunnu told ChimpReports on Sunday that, buy information pills “the current status quo of the analogue transmission signal remaining switched off and non operational must remain off.”

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.

On July 2, pharm the Grade One Magistrate at Mengo court issued an interim order allowing the switch on of the analogue signal following the conclusion of the digital migration process from analogue to digital on June, 17 2015.

Dissatisfied by this order, the Uganda Communications Commission challenged this order through an application to set aside the same.

According to Otunnu, the application to set aside the order was heard by Grade One Magistrate who ordered that the enforcement of the order to switch back on the analogue signal be stayed until Tuesday July, 7 2015 when the ruling in the application to set aside the order to switch back on the analogue signal has been delivered.

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.

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 violates 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, 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 subsequently announced a 65 percent price cut on their decoders to boost the digital migration.

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.

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