Commissioner Hon. Tashobya Stephen is cautioning some state actors who have made it a habit to disrupt opposition political candidates while being hosted on media talk shows to stop or else they risk facing the law.
Presenting a key note address at the ongoing public dialogue on the implication of scientific elections on freedom of assembly, expression and media freedom, Hon. Tashobya revealed that the commission is trying to engage Police, RDCs, among other state actors on the new way political campaigns are now being held.
He further notes that the commission intends to hold a disease free election to protect Ugandans.
Meanwhile, principal, school of law Makerere University, Prof. Christopher Mbazira expressed strong doubt over Uganda’s readiness and willingness to hold scientific elections.
But the head legal services at Uganda Communication Commission, Abdul Salim Waiswa confirms that they have set a concussive atmosphere for candidates to hold campaigns on media platforms but the vice chairperson national association of broadcasters Dr. Innocent Nahabwe proposes that government provides some payments for free media space for candidates to spread their message on radio and television as this will create a leveled platform.
Still, Perry Arituwa the executive director Women’s democracy network Uganda chapter and Abbas Luyombo from the network of public interest lawyers (NETPIL) Makerere chapter are worried that women and youth are highly likely to be disenfranchised more than ever in the coming scientific elections since most of them are unable to freely access radios, TV sets and buy data bundles plus paying OTT to religious follow what their desired candidates have to say at a time.