“They have been trespassing on a UBC infrastructure with no contract of legality for using the corporation’s infrastructure,” Kihika told a local daily.
It should be remembered that the former NBS owner, Igeme Nabeta was recently appointed to the UBC board.
Insiders told Chimpreports that NBS’ rapid growth and huge market share has been a source of concern for media moguls who would like to see the television’s collapse.
Nation Media Group recently tried to buy NBS at shs2bn, a move that was rejected by the fast-rising television’s Chief Executive Officer, Kin Kariisa.
This website understands that through its lawyers, Kyazze & Co. Advocates, NBS has initiated the process to seek legal redress against UBC’s actions.
“We have instructions from our client, NBS Television to notify the general public, clientele, sponsors, and viewers of NBS television that there has been an interruption in our client’s services especially in various parts of Central Uganda, caused by an illegal disconnection of its transmitter, by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), which ultimately led to the disconnection of our client’s signal from 10.47pm on Sunday 15th June 2014,” reads part of the statement from NBS’ lawyers.
“There has previously been a legal suit between UBC and NBS, which NBS Television won in the High Court and UBC was ordered to compensate NBS Television for losses incurred. NBS television was authorised to attach UBC’s assets but UBC proposed to have the matter amicably settled. UBC agreed to set off all the sums owing under the Court decree with NBS’s portfolio which NBS Television in the interest of business agreed to.”
The lawyers further revealed that before completion of the process of set off and reconciliation of accounts between UBC and NBS television, UBC proceeded and illegally switched off NBS’s signal.
“We are instructed to take appropriate legal action to forestall the illegal disconnection of our client’s transmitter by UBC, an act we consider to be in bad faith, only intended to cause financial and reputational loss and amounting to sabotage of our client’s business in the competitive industry.
In the meantime, as we pursue appropriate legal redress, we advise you, our clients’ viewers, clients and advertisers and sponsors to accommodate our client and remain calm, as we pursue the necessary and appropriate legal action and further engage the appropriate authorities in the industry. All the inconveniences caused are highly regretted.”