Government agencies, private entities and religious institutions are in trouble
over unpaid debt owed to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).
reportedly amounting close to 300 billion shillings has accumulated over a period of 10
years starting from 2011 to 2020 for Airtime, adverts and announcements.
disclosed by Peter Ogwang the State Minister for Information Communication
Technology (ICT), who said he has called for a meeting to get a full list of
all agencies indebted to UBC, engage Government entities and ask them why they
are not paying their debts, while private entities will also be engaged and
tasked to pay their debt.
speaking after an engagement with the committee of ICT on Wednesday where he presented the
Ministerial policy statement of the Ministry.
He says at
a time when UBC is struggling financially with no money allocated to it for
the next financial year, these entities which benefited from UBC service should be
able to pay, or they may face legal action.
The list a copy which Uganda radio Network (URN) has seen has over 1000 entities and individuals.
Some of the
Government agencies are; Ministry of Information and National Guidance 460 million,
Civil Aviation Authority who owe up to 14 million shillings for Airtime and adverts,
Uganda Land Commission with 826,000 shillings, Ministry of East African Affairs
3.4 million, Office of the Prime Minister 26 million, Ministry of Finance 9.4 million and Ministry of Water and Environment 41
million among others.
under different institutions are; Rubaga Miracle Centre 1.8 million, Mbale
Church of Christ 600,000 shillings, Restoration power church Nansana 7.2, Panther
Uganda Limited 2.4 million shillings, Betcity Uganda limited 54 million, Select
Garments 13 million, Beera Nga Mwesgwa 10 million, FBN Herbalists 14 million,
Lowe Scanad 22 million, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program 2.7 million among
of the individuals include; Martin Drito, the former MP Madi-Okollo 5 million, Sheikh Abdu Karim 28 million, Senga
Roza 150,000 shillings among others.
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Paul Amoru, the ICT committee chairperson says that it is very appalling
that at a time UBC is struggling, those who accessed services have not met
their obligations. He says they will scrutinize the list, and ensure that the
list has all debtors.
He says apart from naming and shaming these debtors, they will be compelled
to pay UBC unless otherwise.
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Meanwhile the ICT Ministry has also appealed that since the sector collects
huge revenue, part of this should be returned back to them since ICT is now the
Peter Ogwang says currently all entities under the ICT including
Posta Uganda, Uganda Communications commission (UCC) and UBC are underfunded. He says they need at least 200 billion for the entities to operate
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URN has learnt that in some cases of failure to pay the debt, documentation was lacking, there were no Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), and closure of some projects among others.