One of the most viewed television stations in the country, NBS TV is on a verge of being shut down by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over senior presidential Advisor on media issues Tamale Mirundi’s misconduct.
UCC has issued NBS a notice of suspension of television broadcasting license with problem arising from one of its shows dubbed “NBS extra: One on One with Tamale Mirundi which was aired on the station on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 9am which saw the political analyst almost punching moderator Simon Muyanga Lutaaya.
The Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) issued a 60-day notice for the suspension of a broadcasting license to NBS TV for breaching minimum broadcasting standards.
The notice dated 11 May 2017, makes reference to NBS programme featuring presidential advisor Joseph Tamale Mirundi. In the letter, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi says that the commission is appalled and takes strong exception to the conduct and language used by Tamale while on air.
The commission observes that the abusive language used on the programme contravened public morality and promoted a culture of violence and ethnic prejudice. On the programme, Tamale Mirundi angrily attacks Buganda Kingdom Officials as well as Buganda Land Board over the ongoing campaign dubbed ‘Ekyaapa mu Ngalo’
The Campaign which is running for the next six months is aimed at strengthening security of tenure for tenants on the Kingdom land. Buganda Kingdom is using the drive to issue leasehold certificates of title to tenants on Kabaka’s land.
In the latest talk show hosted on Tuesday May 9, Tamale Mirundi lost his temper and descended on the programme host Simon Muyanga Lutaaya, after he was questioned him about copies of his lease application that had been circulating on social media. He was heard threatening to kill any person claiming that he has previously applied for leasehold on Buganda Kingdom Land.
But UCC’s Godfrey Mutabaazi says the content of the programme contravenes minimum broadcasting standards. Mutabaazi adds that NBS Television had been cautioned on four various occasions over the last three years, over similar broadcasts. The cautions were issued on November 30th 2015, on October 5th 2016, on October 10th 2016 and on March 14th, 2017.
Section 41, of the UCC act empowers the Commission to give any operator written notice of not less than 60 days in case of an impending suspension or revocation of a broadcasting license. During the period, the operator may make representations to the Commission to stop the action.
The commission warns that should it not receive any presentations to the notice of suspension of license within the stipulated period, the commission shall proceed to suspend the television broadcasting license of NBS without further notice.
Pamela Adong, the head of marketing at NBS Television told this publication that she was not yet aware of the notice by press time.