RDC Summons Radio Managers Over Gen. Saleh

The radio stations are accused of hosting guests who have been critical of an MOU between Saleh and Kabarole District.

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Radio Station Managers in Fort Portal have been questioned for hosting guests critical of a Memorandum of Understanding between Kabarole district and General Salim Saleh.

Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe is bitter with the Radio stations saying they have given audience to persons critical to Saleh's deal with the District.

Station Managers from Voice Of Tooro, KRC FM, Jubilee Radio, Life FM, and Hits Radio were on Tuesday summoned for meeting to the RDC office over the matter. The meeting was reportedly attended by leaders of Kabarole district and Fort Portal Municipality.

Some of the managers told URN on condition of anonymity that they were accused of allowing people to share distorted information and claims that Fort Portal Mayor, Kintu Muhanga Willy had finalized plans to sell the Municipality land to Gen. Salim Saleh.

Fort Portal Municipality recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the President's brother, General Salim Saleh agreeing to develop key development ambitions in the municipality.

The MOU provides for the development of tourism infrastructure, expansion of Kitere garbage management composite site, sports and skills development, revival of cooperatives, Agro processing and cottage industries among others. 

The memorandum has been subject of debate in Fort Portal with some questioning its legality. There are claims that the Memorandum was signed with General Saleh as person while other claims General Saleh signed it as the Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation.

Some residents have also been calling into the radio stations to express their concerns about the MOU, with some suggesting that it could be a ploy to grab public land. 

The officials reportedly accused radio proprietors of employing unqualified staff who end up misleading the public. They directed the radio managers to reorganize their staff. 

The RDC, Steven Asiimwe has confirmed convening the meeting saying they are concerned about the quality staff on the radio stations.

He explained that some of the station have employed carpenters and herdsmen, saying they want them to recruit qualified people.

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Gen. Salim Saleh has been in Kabarole district for the last two months where he has been meeting different groups and local governments.