Tropix FM Closes Operations

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Tropix FM, a private radio station owned by former ICT Minister Alintuma Nsambu has been closed, months after it went off air.

Tropix FM, a private radio station owned by former ICT Minister Alintuma Nsambu has been closed, months after it went off air. The radio station that was broadcasting on 100.9 FM went off last year over none payment of rental fees for using the UBC mast. UMEME also disconnected power to the station transmitter over accumulated electricity bills.

Despite the fact that the station has been off air, several workers have been hanging around the station until last week when they were ordered to return home. Eddie Kalanzi, Tropix FM acting Station manager says that they decided to suspend all their operations because of lack of funds. He explains that the station has a lot of problem yet Nsambu is not around to facilitate their operations.

Kalanzi says that in addition to lack of funds their transmitter also broke down worsening their already desperate situation. He says that the power outage burnt down the transmitter Exciter grounding its ability to operate. The workers say they are waiting for the return of Alintuma Nsambu, who is currently in the US to address the current state of affairs. Paddy Kibi, a political talk show host says that they had expected the station to resume operation last week in vain.

Paddy Kibi, Eddie  Karanzi , and  Erias Haruna, the sports presenter are the only workers still hanging around the station but the rest of the workers have returned home. Tropix Fm was officially launched in 2010 by Professor Gilbert Bukenya, the former vice president.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.