Uganda: UBC Closes Kitti FM in Kitgum Over Money


Uganda Broadcasting Council on Tuesday evening closed Kitti FM in Kitgum over non-payment of operational license fees, Johnson Omona, the radio's director has said. The Kitgum-based private radio went off air on Tuesday evening at around 5 p.m just three days after Forum for Democratic Change President Kizza Besigye was blocked from speaking on it. However, controversy still surrounds the radio's closure as the Broadcasting Council last week denied knowledge of the matter.

The radio was switched off for several hours on Saturday evening-30 minutes into Dr Besigye's two-hour talk show. Reports indicated that the radio was switched off on orders of Kitgum RDC Nahaman Ojwee, who also denied the allegations.

(The Monitor (Kampala), 31 May 2007)