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Businessman Remanded for Broadcasting Without License

The suspect Gerald  Ssemwanga in court

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Mawanda Eremye has Monday charged and remanded to Luzira Gerald Ssemwanga, clinic 32, a businessman in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division for broadcasting without a Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Broadcasting license, which is in contravention of Section 27 (1) and (2) of the UCC Act (2013).

Semwanga confused court when he first pleaded guilty but later upon reading him the brief case facts, denied the two charges against him.

The suspect is accused of installing and operating Radio Broadcasting apparatus without a license. He is said to have been running a megaphone radio in Mutundwe at the detriment of the locals.

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The state prosecutor Abdul Salaam Waiswa said investigations in the matter are complete and they were ready  to proceed with the hearing.

The first witness in the matter, Paul Mukasa, who is also UCC’s Content Regulation Manager told court that they arrested Mr. Ssemwanga, after warning him and confiscating his equipment.

Besides enforcing the law, the witness says UCC received a petition signed by over 80 residents of Kabawo zone in Mutundwe complaining of the noise pollution from the radio.

Ssemwanga was further remanded to Luzira Prison until 25th May when the matter will appear for further hearing.

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