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UCC Warns Radio Owners on the Deadline for License Registration

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As the final deadline for radio owners to submit new license applications draws closer, the Uganda communications Commission -UCC has issued a warning saying there will be no leniency for any stakeholder who will fail to heed to beat the deadline.

Ibrahim Bbosa, the UCC spokesperson says all radio broadcasters in Uganda are required to submit fresh applications for radio broadcasting licenses of their choice by July 31, 2020 and failure to do so, the frequencies will be revoked for reassignment to serious operators.

Bbosa explains that the licensing framework for radio broadcasting was revised following the need to do away with regulation measures that seemed to be out of touch compared to the new realities of broadcasting in Uganda.

He further said that the revised framework provides for new different license fees for commercial and communal broadcasting services and also provides for a five-year license as opposed to the previous one which was only valid for one year.

He emphasized that although the process of reapplying requires quite a lengthy period of time, UCC only needs broadcasters to express intent to retain their frequencies by writing to the commission before the deadline of 31st July.

Bbosa also revealed that the new licensing framework intends to fight the vice of masqueraders who acquire frequencies with an aim of vending them hence keeping them dormant for long.



Source – ugmirror.com

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Security Takes Over All Rooftops of Tall Buildings in Kampala

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Security forces will be taking over rooftops of all tall buildings in the Kampala Metropolitan Area including Archades, malls, apartments among others.

The move which was announced on Wednesday afternoon is aimed at strengthening security in the presidential elections slated for Thursday January 14, 2020.

An agreement between the Police and building owners was reached after a meeting between the two parties.

Police says that rooftops were used as command posts for riots that took place in November 2020 following the arrest of National Unity Platform – NUP Presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.

This security measure is an addition to the many others which include heavy deployment of mambas, LDU and police officers across the country.

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City Pastors, Prophets Pledge Support to Museveni

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City Pastors from over 10 churches in and around Kampala have prayed with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe. They also pledged their support for him in the upcoming Presidential elections due this Thursday.

The Pastors who each commands a following of over 20,000 Christians were accompanied to the meeting by Mr. Balaam Barugahara an NRM supporter and promoter.

Among the Pastors that attended the meeting were; Pr. Wilson Bugembe, Brother Ronnie Makabai, Pr. Mondo Mugisha, Pr. Bugingo Aloysius, Prophet Elvis Mbonye, Pr. Judith Ssozi, Pr. Eunice Akoth, Pr. Osinde among others.

The men and women of God pledged their full support and that of their followers for the President and NRM party in the forthcoming general elections.

They prayed for peace during and after elections and put Uganda in the hands of God during this season.

President Museveni promised to support the organized groups in their churches who have formed SACCOs with an aim of starting up small business to improve their house hold incomes.

“We have given support to Catholic Church, like Bishop Odama’s project in Northern Uganda, so we shall support you too,” he said.

After the meeting, President Museveni and the Pastors prayed together for peace.

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Fear as Gunmen Ambush Minister Kasirivu, Bullets Fired at his Car

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State Minister for Vice Presidency Dr Baltazar Kasirivu-Atwookihas Wednesday morning survived an assassination after he was ambushed by gunmen a few kilometers from his home.

Kasirivu who was driving from a radio show at Emambya FM in Kakumiro town, Kakumiro District was attacked at Kakora Village, Nyalweyo Town Council in Kakumiro District and took fire from his attackers.

According to local publisher Daily Monitor who spoke to the minister, eight bullets pierced through his vehicle but he was able to survive and go unharmed together with his driver.

“They almost finished our lives. As we were approaching my home at a swampy place, unknown people who were armed with guns opened fire on us,” he reportedly said.

“As gunfire raged, I told the driver to speed off and that is how we escaped unhurt. I don’t know who was behind this attack but I have informed the police. It was a miracle for me to survive,” he said.

Dr. Kasirivu who is also the Bugangaizi Member of Parliament is still in the race seeking to extend his leadership for another term.

He said that he suspects the attack to be politically motivated ahead of Thursday elections.

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