Court Overturns Order to Revert to Analogue TV Transmission

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The ruling by Principal Grade One Magistrate Natukunda Janeva overtakes an order issued by Grade One Magistrate Moses Ntende Kagoda. Natukunda said the Magistrate did not have powers to entertain the application before granting the orders that he did.

Mengo Chief Magistrates Court has overturned earlier orders directing the Uganda Communications Commission - UCC to revert to analogue TV signal transmission from digital signal transmission.

The ruling by Principal Grade One Magistrate Natukunda Janeva overtakes an order issued by Grade One Magistrate Moses Ntende Kagoda.

In the interim order issued on 2nd July 2015, Magistrate Kagoda directed UCC to retain analogue TV transmission until a main application challenging the migration to digital transmission is determined.

The main application filed by city lawyer Enoth Mugabi followed the conclusion of the digital migration process from analogue to digital on 17th June 2015. Mugabi challenged the switch saying that it denied him an opportunity to enjoy free-to-air TV services unlike digital signal transmission that requires one to pay subscription.

The Uganda Communications Commission challenged the interim order through an application to vary the ruling or set aside the same.

Today, Natukunda said that her colleague did not have powers to entertain the application before granting the orders that he did. She added that the same court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the main suit, as filed by Mugabi.

Consequently, the Principle Magistrate threw out the main suit that was pending to be heard.