Crime & Investigation

UCC Toughens on Rwenzururu Media Coverage

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has raised a red flag on the media coverage of the Rwenzori crisis and trial of embattled Rwenzururu cultural leader, nurse Wesley Mumbere.

In a statement issued by the regulator on Tuesday night, broadcasters are required to “observe the minimum broadcasting standards and the law and to ensure that forthwith refrain from further airing any programs regarding the Kasese incident and /or the prosecution of Charles Wesley Mumbere.”

UCC said its decision was premised on observation of broadcasters reporting in a manner that is “directly prejudicial to the rights of the victims, the suspects and in direct contravention of Section 41 of The Penal Code Act Cap 120, and the principle of sub judice.”

The statement has since touched off a social media outcry with many accusing UCC of trying to gag media on reporting events in the volatile Kingdom.

“No one is as yet charged in court over recent Kasese incident. King is charged with murder of 9 months ago,” said former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

UCC Communications Director, Fred Otunnu said the regulator wants broadcasters to “refrain from imputing any judgement on the matter as it would be prejudicial.”

He further pointed out that, “Reporting facts prior, during and after the incidence is ok, as the public deserve to know what is going on.”

Mumbere was recently arrested following a raid on his Kasese-based palace by security forces.

He was later charged with murder of a police officer before being remanded at a prison in Jinja.


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