Hoima: Radio Manager Fired Over Opposition Talk Show


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Edward Ocheng, the Event Manager, said the event will involve 12 senior teams competing on Good Friday.

“We have also invited six more teams from Kampala, one from Mbale, two from Jinja, one from Busia Kenya, one under-19 Kenya and Rwanda national teams.

The event shall also involve primary schools like Kiira Primary, Police Army and Army Boarding school.

The secondary schools include; Busoga College Mwiri, Jinja SS, St James Sand Kiira College Butiki.

Among the clubs include; Heathens, Buffaloes, Stallions, Kobs, Pirates and Mbale Elephants.

sickness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Magezi, who has managed the station for over two years, was verbally dismissed on April 15, 2014.

On Saturday, 12, April 2014, between 9:20pm-10:30pm local time, the station hosted the former opposition leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party , Dr. Kizza Besigye, the leader of the FDC Women’s League, Ingrid Turinawe, and the Democratic Party President Norbert Mao among others to discuss electoral reforms in the run up to the 2016 general elections.

“The problem was hosting Kizza Besigye without his (Agaba’s) consent. Since I was the manager, someone needed to be blamed and the blame ended up in a sacking… our hosting of the politicians followed a recent Memorandum of Understanding between the opposition politicians and the police not to stop such foras,” Magezi told HRNJ-Uganda in an interview.

The station proprietor, Edgar Agaba, however, denied firing Magezi for hosting the opposition politicians.

“That’s not the reason, but he flouted the rules of the station like recording down the numbers of politicians before hosting them, writing down the talking points for the host to follow and balancing the show by hosting someone from government, among others. He failed to live by the rules of the station, so I terminated his services. I can’t stand that at my radio; you can quote me on this,” Agaba explained.

In March this year, police stormed two radio stations in Western Uganda and ordered the untimely stopping of the talk shows, while the politicians were blocked from accessing two other stations within the region.

Restriction of free flow of information is an inhibition to freedom of expression.

“We call upon media proprietors to engage with their staff on regulatory procedures and standards rather than resorting to radical measures,” said Robert Ssempala, the National Coordinator, HRNJ-Uganda.


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