UCC Bans Live TV, Radio Coverage of Age Limit Motion, Protests

Communication regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned media houses on relaying live footage on age limit motion.

In a statement issued Tuesday, UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi said the live broadcasts were “inciting the public, discriminating, stirring up hatred and promoting a culture of violence amongst the viewers” and were “likely to create public insecurity or violence”.

The ban follows a chaotic parliamentary sitting Tuesday in which opposition MPs sang down the discussion on age limit motion by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi.

Magyezi and majority of ruling NRM party MPs seek to delete the upper age limit clause in article 102b that bars anyone from standing for president beyond the age of 75.

If not deleted, three-decade president Yoweri Museveni, born in 1944, will be ineligible for reelection when Uganda next goes to the polls in 2021.

The age limit motion remains largely unpopular. An Afrobarometer poll has put the motion’s notoriety at 75 per cent.

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The motion has also been greeted with protests across major towns.

University students have also joined the anti-age limit removal protests.

The commission has thus “hereby directed all broadcasters to immediately stop and refrain from broadcasting live feeds which are in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards and the best practice guidelines for electronic media coverage/reporting and broadcasting of live events”.

UCC has also threatened: “The commission shall not hesitate to carry out enforcement of non-compliance with these guidelines and any further breach will result in suspension and revocation of your license in accordance with Section 41 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013.”

UCC Warning

Samuel Kamugisha