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The notice dated 11 May 2017, makes reference to NBS programme featuring presidential advisor Joseph Tamale Mirundi. In the letter, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi says that the commission is appalled and takes strong exception to the conduct and language used by Tamale while on air.

The Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) has issued a 60-day notice for the suspension of a broadcasting license to NBS TV for breaching minimum broadcasting standards.

The notice dated 11 May 2017, makes reference to NBS programme featuring presidential advisor Joseph Tamale Mirundi. In the letter, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi says that the commission is appalled and takes strong exception to the conduct and language used by Tamale while on air.

The commission observes that the abusive language used on the programme contravened public morality and promoted a culture of violence and ethnic prejudice. On the programme, Tamale Mirundi angrily attacks Buganda Kingdom Officials as well as Buganda Land Board over the ongoing campaign dubbed 'Ekyaapa mu Ngalo'

The Campaign which is running for the next six months is aimed at strengthening security of tenure for tenants on the Kingdom land. Buganda Kingdom is using the drive to issue leasehold certificates of title to tenants on Kabaka's land.

In the latest talk show hosted on Tuesday May 9, Tamale Mirundi lost his temper and descended on the programme host Simon Muyanga Lutaaya, after he questioned him about copies of his lease application that had been circulating on social media. He was heard threatening to kill any person claiming that he has previously applied for leasehold on Buganda Kingdom Land.

But UCC's Godfrey Mutabaazi says the content of the programme contravenes minimum broadcasting standards. Mutabaazi adds that NBS Television had been cautioned on four various occasions over the last three years, over similar broadcasts. The cautions were issued on November 30 2015, on October 5 2016, on October 10 2016 and on March 14, 2017.

Section 41, of the UCC act empowers the Commission to give any operator written notice of not less than 60 days in case of an impending suspension or revocation of a broadcasting license. During the period, the operator may make representations to the Commission to stop the action.

The commission warns that should it not receive any presentations to the notice of suspension of license within the stipulated period, the commission shall proceed to suspend the television broadcasting license of NBS without further notice.

Pamela Adong, the head of marketing at NBS Television told URN that she was not yet aware of the notice by press time.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.