By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has told some leaders of Pentecostal churches to stop unending battles on their media houses.
Speaking at the Annual Broadcaster’s Conference which was held at Imperial Royale Hotel on Wednesday, the UCC Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi said some pastors have turned their radios and televisions into battle grounds to send insults and defame their fellow or rival pastors.
Mutabazi adds that some of these leaders have not only defamed their fellow pastors but also used religion to defraud or mislead unsuspecting members of the public.
“It is unfortunate that some of these people have used religion to defraud or mislead unsuspecting members of the public,” he said.
Mutabazi who said that UCC is mandated by the Uganda Communications Act 2013, under Section 5 to set standards, monitor and enforce compliance relating to content added that these preachers should stop these acts otherwise the Communications regulator will revoke licenses of their stations as it did in March this year when 23 radio stations were closed for promoting and advertising witchcraft.
There has been concerns that some pastors and prophets use radios and televisions to hurl insults at their colleagues, misleading their congregations and extorting money from them.
Apparently, bodies that regulate these born again churches in the country such as National Fellowship Born Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda and Born-again Faith Federation have not done much in resolving such conflicts among their own pastors.
Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance on Wednesday said that Uganda leads on the continent in having the most liberalized broadcasting industry with about 292 licensed FM radios and over 35 TVs.
He added that all these stations enable free speech & citizen awareness, adding that this should not be abused.
Pentecostal owned media houses in Uganda include; Salt media by Pastor Aloysius Bujingo, Kingdom media by Pastor David Kiganda, Impact Media Consortium by Dr. Joseph Sserwadda, Top radio and TV by Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga, Channel 44 TV by Pastor Robert Kayanja, Innerman radio by Pastor Stephen Ssenfuma among others.