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High Court fixes hearing date for consolidated suits against UCC

High Court has set June 13 to hear consolidated suits challenging the directive by Uganda Communications Commission-UCC to thirteen media houses to suspend staff for alleged breach of the minimum broadcasting standards.

High Court Civil Division Judge, Lydia Mugambe will hear the consolidated suits filed by Uganda Journalists Association-UJA and city lawyers, Ronald Bwire and Henry Byansi, according to hearing notice issued on Monday morning.

Construction of Ayago hydro power still hangs in balance

The construction of the 840 Mega Watts Hydroelectric Power Plant on Victoria Nile in Ayaygo in Nwoya district still hangs in balance. Government signed an agreement with Mapa, a Turkish Construction firm to construct the dam in 2013 at the tune of US $1.970 billion.

The same year government awarded the contract to China Gezhouba Group but suspended the project in 2017 due to financial constraint. On Thursday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that government cannot fund the project because it intends to construct a railway line in the country.

Mutabaazi ‘you are out of order and a blockage to Democracy – Court suspend UCC directive against Journalists

Uganda journalists from different organizations have rebuked Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) boss Godfrey Mutabaazi immediately after High Court Judge Justice Lydia Mugambe issued an interim injunction against the directive by UCC ordering 13 media houses to suspend their managers, producers and programmers with immediate effect for doing live coverage of the arrest of an opposition politician, the Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine a leader of People Power Movement.

President Kagame heads to France for VivaTech Conference

President Paul Kagame will today attend the Viva Technology Conference known as “VivaTech” in Paris, France.

VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for top global tech firms and startups from across the world.

The annual international technology conference is dedicated to innovation-driven enterprises and start-ups.

Bobi Wine blasts NRM MPs over Social Media ‘OTT’ allowance – shame upon you

Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu a pop music star who turned into a politician recently also popularly known by his stage name Bobi Wine has blasted his fellow MPs over a proposed OTT MPs allowances. Bobi Wine has called for resignation of NRM MPs in support of OTT allowances which goes up to 200 million every financial year.

Kagame, Uhuru and Keïta push for common African ICT agenda

African countries have a better chance to benefit from the digital revolution through collaborating as opposed to working as separate entities, Heads of State attending the Transform Africa Summit have said.

The summit, which opened in Kigali yesterday, was attended by Presidents Paul Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali.

Heads of State grace Transform Africa Summit

The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and his Malian counterpart Boubakar Keita have joined Rwandan leader Paul Kagame for the opening of the 5th Transform Africa Summit at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The three leaders are all members of the board of directors of Smart Africa, the organisers of the annual summit, which attracts top business leaders, seasoned entrepreneurs, industry captains, start-ups, political leaders, representatives of international organisations and civil society, among others.

Technology offers an opportunity to realise Africa’s integration faster and smarter

As you are aware, the Economic Forum of the Transform Africa Summit originates from the desire for African governments and the private sector to create a single continent-wide digital market. This market will enable Africa to fully benefit from the digital transformation, attract large scale investments and create jobs.

Pilot in Myanmar lands plane on hind wheels


A Myanmar pilot safely landed a jet without front wheels after the landing gear failed to deploy.

The Myanmar National Airlines plane skidded down the runway at Mandalay airport before grinding to a stop.

The pilot of the Embraer 190 was praised for the landing, in which none of the 89 passengers was hurt.

Budget committee says, No money for Uganda Airlines until board in place

The Budget Committee of parliament will not allocate operational funds to Uganda National Airlines Company Limited until a substantive board is put in place.

Government is seeking Shillings 59.2 billion for the operations of the national carrier for the 2019/2020 financial year. The money is required for among other things salaries of the crew, fuel, passenger handling, advertising and navigation.

Uganda artistes demand UCC to enforce local content law

Local musicians and filmmakers have asked the Uganda Communications Commission to implement the local content law.

According to the 2006 Broadcasting Policy, local content refers to content which recognizes the culture and linguistic diversity of Uganda. It carries themes of relevance to the local audience and is produced under Uganda’s creative control. One of UCC’s minimum broadcasting standards calls for 70 per cent of all content to be local.

Respecting standards is key for Uganda media development – Waiswa Abudu Sallam

BY WAISWA ABUDU SALLAM

Freedom of expression is anchored in several international and regional instruments. Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and people’s rights of 1981 lucidly provides that every individual shall have the right to receive information and the right to express and disseminate his opinions within the law. A similar provision is contained in article 10 of the European convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and article 13 of the American convention on human rights.
 
In Uganda, the framers of the 1995 constitution also recognised this fundamental freedom in Article 29(1) (a) of the Constitution of Uganda, which provides that every person shall have a right to freedom of speech and expression which shall include the freedom of the press and other media.

Side effects of being extremely intelligent

You might assume that having a ridiculously high IQ would come with a bunch of privileges.

For example, you wouldn’t have to study as hard for tests. You’d read about complicated concepts and instantly understand them. You’d be able to take on challenging but exciting jobs like rocket science.

UCC considers suspending NBS TV over Bobi Wine

Uganda’s communication regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has this evening heard the cry of Ugandans led by Forum for Democratic Change lawyer Mr Muwonge Daniel and ordered for the suspension of top NBS Television editors, citing a breach of minimum broadcasting standards.

The UCC, on a Tuesday, April 30 evening in a letter seen on Whisper Eye desk tasked NBS management to suspended the head of news Ms. Joyce Bagala, the head of programmes and the producer of the live broadcast pending investigations.

Uganda offers to pay Shs 500bn UTL liabilities to attract Buyer

URN

Government has offered to waive all the liabilities held by Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), as one of the attempts to attract a buyer for the company. This is according to two people, who are familiar with the search.

This means that the government will be responsible for up to Shs 500 billion of liabilities that UTL had at the time it sunk into administration two years ago.  The new investor will only have to invest to overhaul the network because it is obsolete.  

North Korea tests weapon with a powerful warhead , Kim celebrates

Meanwhile, North Korea says it has test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon”.

A report, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), gave few details but said the weapon came fitted with a “powerful warhead”.

This would be the first public weapons test since talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump ended without agreement.