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More Radio Stations to Go Off-air as UBC Battles Uni-Group for UGX 1.8B Ground Rent

Radio stations, Data companies and Pay TVs that hire space from Uni-group’s mast on Naguru hill risk going off air unless their landlord remits 1.8billion shillings it owes Uganda Broadcasting Corporation – UBC.
Radio stations, data companies and Pay TVs that hire space from Uni-group’s mast on Naguru hill risk going off air unless their landlord remits 1.8billion shillings it owes Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).

 

Uni-group a company a linked to Finance Minister, Maria Kiwanuka and UBC are in a bitter fight in which the latter has used police to block engineers from Radio One from fixing their equipment.

 

The impasse has left Radio One off air for the second day.

 

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, the General Manager UBC, Paul Kihika revealed that until Uni-group pays up the monies in ground it owes UBC its clients will not get access to the Naguru hill to fix their equipment.

 

Even those stations hosted on their mast like KFM and Star times will go off air until the money is paid.

 

Claims by Uni-group that they have a land title issued by the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) have fallen on deaf ears. The UBC general manager, Kihika insisted that the land belongs to UBC and not ULC.

 

He faulted Uni-group making over 100million shillings every month from hiring out space on the the mast but failed to pay UBC.

 

Kihika said he did not dispute the idea that Uni-group could have been paying money to ULC but they (UBC) were the rightful landlords with a land title in their names and challenged Uni-group to produce their land title issued by ULC.

 

An attempt to get a comment from Maria Kiwanuka failed as she said was on a trip abroad and unable to comment.

 

While the phone of Radio One’s administrator, Jeff Kiwanuka went unanswered.

 

A source in Radio One said the station’s engineers had been blocked from accessing the Mast to fix equipment which has left the station off air. Uganda Radio Network could not verify claims that Uni-group had decided to go to court over the same.

 

Meanwhile the Manager of KFM Radio, Richard Ringa said they were in touch with Uni-group to ensure the stand-off would not affect the operation of the station. Ringa said the station needs to access the mast for regular maintenance.

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