Parliament issues new summons to editors


Kadaga and Obore meeting editors

Three media houses have been summoned again to appear before a Parliamentary committee investigating allegations of writing negative stories on the institution.

The committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline has issued fresh summons to the editors of Red Pepper newspaper; Observer, a tri-weekly newspaper and Uganda Radio Network, a news agency.

Three media houses declined to honour earlier summons to appear before the committee last week, to answer to concerns by Members of Parliament on what they termed as negative stories, deemed to be sensational and unbalanced, and placing Parliament’s image in disrepute.

The Editor in chief of Vision Group, Barbara Kaija, accompanied by the Editor in chief New Vision, John Kakande and Tony Kirabira, the company’s legal officer appeared before the committee.

A letter authored by the committee chairman, Clement Obote, dated October 10th 2016, states that the committee wants the media houses to appear on October 18th 2016 to clarify on the publications authored by the institutions about Parliament.

Some of the stories under scrutiny include reports that Parliament spent about 2 billion shillings on over 70 MPs for the UNAA convention in the United States of America.

Also questioned is a story published by Kamunye, a sister paper of the Red Pepper, in which pictures of MPs depicted as pigs was published, while the Observer’s story on Parliament shutting down due to the UNAA convention also prompted the summons from the committee.
The director of Parliament communications Chris Obore confirmed the fresh summons.
URN and Red Pepper said they never received summons while The Observer questioned the jurisdiction of the committee.

Story by Parliament Watch

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