The Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
of Makerere University Prof. Josephine Ahikire has asked the minister of
Information and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba to intervene and have the
Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) reinstate the university’s radio.
at the Department of Journalism and Communication's annual Media
Convention, Ahikire said the best gift that
Nabakooba also a former student at the department could give to the University
is to have its radio -Campus FM reinstated. The convention was part of the activities to mark the World Press Freedom Day.
The radio’s frequency 107 FM was
sold to city Pastor Aloysius Bugingo and has since changed names to Salt FM.
Since then, the university has tried but in vain to get another frequency.
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In reaction, Nabakooba who was the chief guest at the
convention, pledged to follow up on the issue with UCC to ensure that the University
gets back its frequency. Nabakooba said having a radio is not only beneficial
for teaching purposes but also helps in the dissemination of government programs
among the university community.
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Meanwhile Nabakooba called upon the media to forgive government
whenever there are excesses by some its security officials in the course of
executing their duties. Nabakooba noted that government doesn’t have an agenda
to harass or brutalize journalists because they play a big role in society.
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Lately journalists have been at the receiving end of
security forces brutality. A number of them have suffered lifelong injuries
while last week a member of the Local Defense Unit shot and killed journalist
Robert Kagolo for unknown reasons.
For his part Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the MP for Kira municipality
and Opposition chief whip asked journalists to delink themselves from the
subjects that they cover. He said sometimes it’s hard to see a difference between
journalists and political activists.