Since Wednesday, Baba FM has consistently updated members of the public on events that were transpiring at the tally center but at around 7:00 pm, the radio frequency went off.
Baba FM radio station was on Thursday night
switched off ahead of the declaration of results for the Jinja City Mayoral
race. The station has consistently been updating the public on the events that were
transpiring at the tally centre since Wednesday, when polls were held.
But on Thursday, the Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako said that the radio was being used to incite the public. Subsequently, Baba FM news reporter,
Richard Mutoigo who was covering
live the events at the tally centre was arrested for inciting the public.
One of Baba FM's employees who spoke on condition of anonymity says that they
did not receive any prior warning from authorities before the radio frequency
was switched off.
The radio station management has not released any official communication
concerning the radio.
This is the second radio station to be switched off under such circumstances. The first one being Busoga One FM which was switched off on January 14, 2021
over allegedly relaying
presidential results from the different polling
stations within Busoga sub-region.
The Jinja city returning officer, Jenifer
Kobutungi was yet to release
the results of Wednesdays election by 8:00 pm on Thursday.