UCC Officials to Parliament: We can Only Monitor 60 Radio Stations

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The Director Legal Affairs in UCC Suzan Awegoye and the Acting ED UCC Jonas Muhoozi Banturaki before Parliament's Committee on Gender. Olive Nakatudde

The Director Legal Affairs in UCC Suzan Awegoye and the Acting ED UCC Jonas Muhoozi Banturaki before Parliament's Committee on Gender. Login to license this image from 1$.

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Winnie Kizza, the Kasese District Woman MP expressed concern on the failure of UCC to monitor all the stations yet it is mandated to monitor media content. According to UCC, the number of licensed radio stations in the country now stands at 222, of which 192 are operational, while 35 of the 50 licensed television stations are on air.

Uganda Communications Commission-UCC can only monitor 20 televisions and 68 radio stations using the digital logger, the gender committee of parliament learnt on Wednesday.
 
While appearing before the committee, Paul Mukasa, the Manager Content Regulation at UCC said the commission depends on complaints from listeners and viewers.
 
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He disclosed this after MPs complained that radio stations continue running adverts promoting witch doctors involved in child sacrifice.                     

UCC had appeared before the Gender committee to make a presentation on the adverts run on different radio and television stations promoting traditional healers.

The Gender Committee is handling a petition that was tabled in July 2012 by the Namutumba Woman MP Florence Mutyabule on the anti-Child Sacrifice and Ritual Murders in the country.

According to the International Telecommunication Union figures sourced from UCC, the number of licensed radio stations in the country now stands at 222, of which 192 are operational, while 35 of the 50 licensed television stations are on air.  
 
Winnie Kizza, the Kasese District Woman MP expressed concern on the failure of UCC to monitor all the stations yet it is mandated to monitor media content.

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 Arinaitwe Rwakajara, the workers MP and Chairperson of the Gender Committee questioned why UCC continues to license media houses that it is unable to monitor. He noted that leaving media Houses unmonitored compromises the security of the country.
 
Suzan Awegoye, the Director Legal Affairs at UCC noted that it may not be possible for them to monitor what is being aired all over the country but they have regional offices through which they do basic monitoring using simple receivers.
 
She noted that the digital logger system which picks in real time what is going on air is being expanded.

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Jonas Banturaki, the Acting Executive Director UCC noted that they are constrained by financial limiting, but he hastened to add that they plan to extend their presence to Masindi, Mbale and Mbarara. He noted that it is UCC’s intention to cover the country as first as they can.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.

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