The Parliament of Uganda has entered into an agreement with the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) for the coverage and airing of live House proceedings.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, said the arrangement which commenced today, Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, will remain in place until the Parliament TV and radio are established and up and running.
“The Parliamentary Commission is in the process of establishing its own television and radio stations. Before this happens, we have agreed with UBC to provide live coverage of Parliament proceedings starting effective today,” said Kadaga.
This will be the second time such an arrangement is entered into between the Parliament and UBC. In April 2005, the Clerk to Parliament signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the national broadcaster, to televise House proceedings.
With facilitation from both government and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Parliament sanctioned the live television and radio coverage of its proceedings. The Parliamentary Commission stated that there was need for the live broadcast “to be executed responsibly and in a manner which preserves the dignity” of the institution.
It was agreed between the two bodies that the live broadcasts be only for the purpose of enabling the population to follow the proceedings of the House and to also enhance the population’s understanding of the operations of the institution of Parliament.
The MOU prohibited the use of extracts or entire proceedings of the House in satire, advertisement or entertainment; as well as any commentary intended to expound or criticize any aspect of the House.
According to the Memorandum, other broadcasters were free to relay House proceedings, with the consent of Radio Uganda and Uganda Television.
Currently, several private broadcasting media houses record and broadcast House plenary and committee proceedings during their news bulletins and other current affairs programmes.