Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has allegedly been banned from speaking at radio stations in Uganda.
The politician turned singer, is one of the legislators that were brutally thrown out of parliament this week for not supporting the bill lifting the presidential age limit.
He was slated to appear on Capital FM’s Capital Gang programme this morning but got shocked when management told him that he couldn’t be allowed to be be part of the programme, because the radio station had received stern orders from the Uganda Communications Commission not to allow him.
In retaliation Bobi Wine issued a stern statement which he circulated on several forums including Social Media, blasting the UCC.
Here below is his statement;
“This morning I was supposed to be hosted by Capital FM for Capital Gang.
I was later informed that the radio was directed by UCC and received phone-calls from security operatives not to host me.
I was called by other radio and TV stations and they confirmed that they received the same order- with threats that if I am hosted, they risk being closed.”
He added that “If you were looking for signs of a collapsing regime, look no further. This is cowardly and unacceptable.
The regime thinks they can stop us from reaching our people. They are doing things not different from what they claimed to fight against.
Instead of focusing on trying to clean up the mess they have created, they are trying to cover it up. We have exposed them, they can’t stomach it any longer.”
He also stated that;
“My message to them is this; Learn from history, but again, dictators never learn from history. White people say that history repeats itself but Eriya Kategaya said “Stupid people repeat history”, I believe Kategaya.
Whenever regimes attempt to suppress the press and keep people in darkness, they never go far. You may switch the radios off air, but you cannot switch off the resolve of the people to protect and defend the Constitution and to better their country. You can switch off some microphones- but the people shall soon speak- loud and clear.
Let me also ask, what reason do they give for this directive?
On what law is it based? If it is because of last week’s events at Parliament, how are they related to what we say in the media? Is Mr. Mutabazi now the Speaker of Parliament outside Parliament???
Let me remind him that Ugandans are watching.
All state institutions are better off not being part of this crime- the rape of the Constitution.
I call upon all TVs, Radio Stations and the print media to ignore this illegal directive. Article 29(1) (a) of the Constitution of Uganda states that ‘every person shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of the press and other media.’ The highest Court in this country has also stated that “the right to freedom of expression extends to holding, receiving and imparting all forms of opinions, ideas and information…”
He also stated that;”They should also remember that we are in this age of social media. The world is more connected than before. Tell your friend to tell their friend that I shall still communicate to the world through facebook, twitter, and our website. If they stop us from going to radio, we shall send out voice notes on whatsapp. No matter what happens, we shall speak- because we speak for the people. And the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
However, when we called the UCC Communications boss Fred Otunnu he said that;
“Does he have any formal document to support his claims? As UCC we don’t conduct business in such an informal manner. When we have a communication or directive to any of our licensees we officially write to them.”
Otunnu added that “I’m not aware of his claims of being banned from any radio station or any other MP.”