Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, has condemned the Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] for accepting to be used to abuse individual human rights.
While addressing press on Monday, Otafiire alluded to a ban slapped by UCC on presidential advisor on media, Tamale Mirundi’s talk shows.
Eng Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director, last week quoted section 29 of the Uganda communications act, 2013, directing media houses to stop running programmes featuring the president’s dog.
UCC accuses Mirundi of using profane language while appearing on radios and TVs.
However last Friday, Government-owned Uganda Broadcasting Corporation [UBC TV] defied the directive and hosted Tamale on its political programme: “Good Morning Uganda”.
According to Otafiire, UCC ban tantamounts to abuse of his human rights.
“Let him [Mirundi] speak,” Otafiire urged UCC.
He added: “It is his constitutional right.”
Otafiire then advised those who are affected by Mirundi’s criticism to seek legal action other than using the regulator to silence him.
“If you are not happy with what he has said, go to court.”
In the same spirit, the minister advised Mirundi to seek legal action against UCC for abusing his rights.