Besigye Drags UBC to Court over Campaign Adverts

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Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC has dragged Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC and Edward Musinguzi Mugasa, the former UBC managing Director to court for breach of contract.

Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC has dragged Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC and Edward Musinguzi Mugasa, the former UBC managing Director to court for breach of contract. Besigye accuses the national broadcaster of failing to air his campaign programs during the 2011 elections yet he paid UBC.
 
In his suite Besigye is seeking to recover shillings 21 million he paid to the national broadcaster to run his campaign messages that were not aired. According to suite, Besigye says that through his agents Big Ideas, he contracted UBC to air out his campaign messages on its radio stations and the Television (UBC) with an aim of reaching out to the larger number of citizens.
 
They include UBC radio, Mega FM, and Star FM. He says that his agents bought advertising space at the tune of shillings 21,894,000 million. Besigye contends that to his surprise UBC refused to air the spot messages they had agreed upon. He says the refusal by UBC to air his campaign messages, violated his rights under the Constitution and the Presidential Elections Act 2005 and the Broadcasting Corporations Act 2005.

He therefore wants court to compel UBC to refund his money and restrain UBC from violating the rights of individuals by not granting them equal space on state owned media during elections. He is also seeking for interest of above 30% on Shs21, 894,000 million he had paid UBC from December 2010 till payment is made in full. Court is yet to summon UBC and Musinguzi to file their defense to the allegations.

 

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