Uganda: RDC Forces FM Radio Station to Suspend Show

Regulation & Policy

Kitara FM, a Masindi based local FM station has reportedly suspended its political talk show and replaced it with a sports programme due to pressure from the Resident District Commissioner. The station's Director reportedly made the decision after he attended one of the district security meetings in which the issue was discussed.

The suspended talk-show Kikukwasireho meaning 'what concerns you' has been airing every Sunday between 12pm and 3pm and hosted by Samuel Kajumba aka Lucky Sam.

The talk show has sparked controversy since September and Mr Kajumba has since undergone questioning by various district security officials who demanded an apology from him.

The problem stems from a September 18 talk show which accused UPDF soldiers of having used brutal methods while arresting Roger Musinguzi, a proprietor of a bar in Masindi Town.

The Masindi RDC, Maj. David Matovu, has reportedly reiterated the need for Kajumba to apologise to him. Maj. Matovu accuses Kajumba of misleading the public and "causing unnecessary confusion to discredit the good image of the army".

"When I went to the station for a talk show on September 2, my bosses asked me why I had not yet sent my apology to RDC Matovu. He told me not to tempt him to lose his patience," Kajumba said. But Maj. Matovu denied playing any role in Mr Kajumba's sacking, saying the decision was taken by the station mangers .

"I am not the owner of the station. His bosses found out that he was indisciplined. But if he has reformed, you can plead for him and they reinstate him," he said by telephone.