After completing investigations into allegations that they spread false information about singer Omulangira Suuna(OS Suuna), Uganda Communications Communication (UCC) has ordered Sanyuka TV to apologize to him and retract their statements.
The commission has ordered TV hosts Kayz, Marko, and Wako to retract their statements.
“Sanyuka TV should immediately retract statements that were made against the complainant during it’s program Morning Express that aired on the 27th of August 2021. The retraction should be effected by broadcasting an unconditional apology to the complainant during the same program. The presenters should ensure that the apology is made with an equivalent degree of prominence and timing in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Uganda Communications (Content) regulations 2019.” UCC was in charge.
UCC also ordered media to provide airtime for OS Suuna so that he can tell his side of the story.
“Sanyuka TV should immediately provide space and time to the complainant and/or his lawyers for him/them to appear during the same program MORNING ECPRESS and offer his side of the story in response to the allegations that were made against him. This content should be made with an equivalent degree of prominence like the impunged broadcast.” UCC.
Furthermore, UCC ordered Sanyuka TV to pay a fine to for violating the minimum broadcasting standards.
“Sanyuka TV should pay to the Commission a fine of USD 260 for non-compliance with the minimun broadcasting standards and $260 for disturbing his peace.” UCC ordered
“Sanyuka TV should file with the Commission evidence of fulfilment of all the above directives within a period of five (5) days from the date of this decision.” UCC further states.
The Commission has also advised OS Suna to file a lawsuit for monetary damages.
“The complainant may persue his claim for damages in a competent couet if jurisdiction,” UCC statement reads.