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UJA BOSS BASHIR KAZIBWE ATTACKS MINISTER JUDITH NABAKOOBA OVER WARNING TO MEDIA

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By Gilbert Mwesigye

Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) President Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira has lashed out at the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba for threatening action against the media and politicians.

At the weekend, Nabakooba warned against hate speech and crowds of people gathering around candidates after talk shows. Her notice to the media came after crowds gathered to welcome presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine after he appeared on Buganda Kingdom’s CBS FM on Saturday.

“A lot of the talk shows on radio and television are using hate speech that has potential to instigate tribal and political hatred. I want to warn all media houses and political candidates that this kind of programing will not be allowed. Political Campaigns on all media houses have to be conducted in a manner that is guided by the existing minimum broadcast standards,” Minister Nabakooba said.

“Any form of large gatherings or motorcades, bodaboda escorts that accompany politicians and after their media talk shows will not be accepted.”

Mbazira, a People Power-leaning show host, has now claimed that Nabakooba’s warning is just the start of a deliberate move by the government to deny opposition candidates, including his own Bobi Wine, air time on media platforms.

Gearing up to battle it out with Mubarak Munyagwa of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for the Kawempe South parliamentary seat, Mbaziira told Nabakooba “you are not the first person in that position. You might think that this government might be in power forever but that’s not the case.”

On his parliamentary race, Mbazira said he would soon release a song to communicate his message and manifesto for the people of Kawempe South.

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