UCC speaks on closed radio, Besigye sabotage



Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the regulator of the entire Communications industry in Uganda, has denied switching off Jinja radio, Baba FM, last evening to sabotage Kizza Besigye’s political talk show.

FDC supporters last night accused government of putting the radio owned by tycoon, Moses Balyeku, to cut short Besigye’s address to listeners.

Besigye who is currently traversing the country drumming support for the flag bearer position in the opposition FDC, was Tuesday visiting Jinja and Iganga districts.

He was hosted on Baba FM for a radio talk show in the evening but the station was put off air before Besigye could speak for 10 minutes.

The General Manager and the moderator,Mr. Anyole Innocent, who was hosting Besigye were reportedly dismissed.

Another alternative radio, Apex FM, at first agreed to host Besigye but for some strange reason decided not to.

However, UCC insists it had nothing to do with what happened in Jinja.

“Please be advice that the Commission has not switched off any radio station for political or other reasons,” the regulator said in a tweet.

“When we switch off any station, we not only publish the name of the station, we publish reason.”

Listeners tells us the radio is now back on air but we haven’t been able to reach management for confirmation.

Besigye says change is coming

The FDC strongman is not yet demoralised and continues to call on the Opposition to shun 2016 elections if the electoral reforms are not put in place by the time of nominations.

While addressing thousands of his supporters at Ssaza grounds in Mukono on Sunday, Besigye called aspiring candidates for various posts on FDC ticket in Mukono not to turn up for nominations if the electoral reforms are not passed by the Parliament.

He said the outcome will still be in favour of the ruling National Resistance Movement.

In Iganga, he told a rally not to lose hope as change for the top leadership of the country is approaching.

Mbabazi, Muntu threat

Meanwhile, there are reports that Besigye is worried about both FDC President, Mugisha Muntu, who is challenging him for the flag bearer position and NRM’s Amama Mbabazi.

He is quoted by Daily Monitor saying Mbabazi might ride on the internal divisions within the FDC party to pull some of their supporters to his side.

“I am worried about the rise of Amama because he is likely to take some of our party supporters in the 2016 presidential elections because of the division we have in our party that are yet to be resolved,” Besigye said during a meeting with FDC delegates from the districts of greater Mukono, including Buikwe and Buvuma on Sunday.

He added: “The emergence of such presidential aspirants who have come with money is likely to sway some FDC supporters.”

He, on the other hand, denied having grudges against Gen Muntu.

“I have never had any grudge with my fellow contestant Gen Mugisha Muntu because we have known each other since the bush war days and we have been living in harmony up to now, however, he has not done enough to strengthen the FDC party.”


A concerned citizen, Awadi Hamid Hashim, suggests that Muntu does “an honourable thing and steps down for Besigye to be the FDC flag bearer, because the provisional results intra party gives Besigye a big margin of about 80% ahead of Muntu both among the delegates, party members and the country in general”.

Hamid says it will then be a 3 horse race between President Yoweri Museveni Amama and Besigye.

“This will help put FDC meagre resources to good use with a single clear message to the population.”

He adds: “It will strengthen Besigye as the FDC flag bearer and the party’s message will come out more clearly.”

Besigye will today, Wednesday visit Idudi, Bugiri, Busiembatia and end with a radio programme in Mbale in the evening.

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