East-Africa

Uganda Bans Live Broadcasts On Presidential Age Limit

Uganda Communications Commission has on this Wednesday banned live broadcasts of events related to presidential age limit in a bid to stop “inciting the public.”

The ban follows fistfights that broke out in parliament on Tuesday between lawmakers opposing plans to change laws and extend President Yoweri Museveni’s rule and those in favour.

The lawmakers were seen throwing punches, hurling chairs and shoved and banged on benches in an event that was broadcasted live by prominent TV stations in Kampala.

In a statement, the Uganda Communications Commission said that radios and television stations should stop the live broadcasts of events because they are inciting the public, discriminating, stirring up hatred, “promoting a culture of violence and are likely to create public insecurity.”

Godfrey Mutabazi, the regulator’s executive director told reporters the order was targeting all broadcast media  in the country.

Through the notice, Mutabazi warned that the commission shall not hesitate to carry out “enforcement” to non compliance with the ban.

Opposition say that the ban is a crackdown on those questioning the removal of presidential age limit.

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