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The telecom regulator was expected to respond to concerns raised by Uganda Human Rights Commission on privacy of individual data, blockage of digital services like internet and other rights violation involving technology and the media.
Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director

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The Human Rights Committee of parliament has turned away a delegation from Uganda Communications Commission-UCC for appearing without their Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi.

The telecom regulator was expected to respond to concerns raised by Uganda Human Rights Commission on privacy of individual data, blockage of digital services like internet and other rights violation involving technology and the media.

Although the Committee chaired by Jennifer Egunyu Nantume wrote asking Mutabazi to appear, he was no show. 

He was instead represented by Fred Otunnu, the Director Cooperate Affairs in UCC.

As a result, Abdulatiff Ssebagala, the Kawempe North Member of parliament wondered whether Otunnu would be competent enough to answer the queries. 

He suggested the Committee reschedules the meeting until when Mutabazi will be available.

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George Ouma Abott, the Bukooli Island MP, faulted Mutabazi for failure to notify the committee in writing about his absence and opposed to sending Otunnu with word of mouth.  

Otunnu asked the committee in vain to allow him present, saying he can ably represent the Executive Director.

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The Committee chair asked the two man UCC delegation to return with the Executive Director. 

UCC has been on the spotlight for among other things directing the suspension of up to 39 staff from 13 media houses for reported breach of the minimum Broadcasting standards and inciting violance when they broadcast protests by Bobi Wine’s supporters.

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