UCC Switches Off 27 Radio Stations

Uganda Communications Commission has revoked communication licenses of 16 radio broadcasting stations and 11 courier operators across the Country.

UCC Boss Godfrey Mutabazi
UCC Boss Godfrey Mutabazi

UCC public relations manager Fred Otunnu says the 27 operators whose license have been revoked failed to comply with the rules governing the industry among others, the timely renewal of operation licenses, failure to start operation within the specified period and employing people who have no capacity to manage their operations.

“The Commission, hereby, informs the general public that the licenses for the following operators have been revoked in accordance with section 41 of the Uganda Communications Act, 2013,” the notice reads in part.

They include Masindi Broadcasting services and Kings broadcasting service all in Masindi, Kiti FM radio station-Kitgum, Radio Apac, Faith FM in Mbale, Tembo FM-Kitgum, Radio North FM 89.0 MHz-Lira, Continental FM-Soroti, and Christian Life Ministries – Top Radio 94.9 MHz –Masindi, among others.

“Therefore, the operators listed, herein, are advised to immediately desist from carrying out any communications services in Uganda without authorization from the Commission.

The public is also advised not to engage these operators; whoever does so shall be at their own peril,” the communications commission warns.

According to Otunnu, some of the radio stations were issued license to operate but some of them vanished immediately.

The law requires that within a period of two years, if such licensed station fails to start operations, the license is withdrawn.

Postal operators, who are no longer authorized to provide any services in Uganda in accordance with Section 33 of the Act, include GAAGAA Bus services, East African Courier Uganda Limited, Kampala Coaches Limited, Country Safaris, ITEL Uganda Limited, Janu Com Limited, Sugan Limited, Tele BM Uganda Limited, KIT Tech Uganda Limited, Maisha Networks Limited and DAM Solutions Limited.

But some of the service providers whose names have appeared on the list issued out by the UCC have expressed disappointment over the method of operation by the commission.

Hitler Alioni, speaking on behalf of the management of Gaagaa bus services said that the law mandates UCC to inform them about the changes before any publication. He says Gaagaa has already paid the required amount of money to get back its license for operating the courier section.

Stanley Omika, the station manager for Bright radio in Mbale says that although the station is listed, it remains on-air.

“We don’t have any problem with UCC; I think that was just an error from their side because we have already renewed our license.

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