The radios are 91.5Fm Mighty Fire, a leading faith founded radio operated by Irene Gleeson Foundation IGF, 99.2 Kiti F.M and 100.7 Pol F.M.
The radios were closed on Monday night.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has switched off three
radio stations in Kitgum town for failure to pay their annual license fees.
They are 91.5Fm Mighty Fire, a leading faith founded radio
operated by Irene Gleeson Foundation IGF, 99.2 Kiti F.M and 100.7 Pol F.M. They were switched off on Monday night.
Gerard Wodomal, the Mighty Fire FM station Manager confirmed the
radio was switched off by Engineers from UCC. Wodomal said the act was bad for
their business and declined to divulge further details.
According to Feslad Odongo, the Administration of 103.5 Tembo Fm,
a commercial radio in Kitgum, though the exercise did not affect them, the UCC
Engineers were enforcing technical compliance in regards to frequency
modulation, power output and among others.
The UCC is mandated under Act Cap. 106 Sub-section 27(a) & (b)
to exclusively develop, review, modify, coordinate and implement frequency
band plans, implement an inspection and assessment regime to ensure equipment
deployed and usage conforms to standards and specifications.
Ibrahim Bbosa, the UCC Spokesperson confirmed explained that a
team of Engineers are in the field to enforce compliance. Bbosa revealed that
the on-going clampdown targets 50 defaulting radio stations across
Last month, eight other radio stations were switched off over
failure to pay license fees and technical issues. They were Voice of Teso, Kyoga
Veritas and Delta FM which belong to Soroti Diocese; and Gold FM, Ebenezer,
Signal, Time, Impact FM which are located in Mbale.
Last year, UCC announced new license fees structure for FM radios
including those operating online. UCC argued that the new tax regime aims at
providing proper monitoring, Inspections, Supervision and content regulation of
commercial radio License is sub categorized based on locations or Tiers. Tier
one includes National Radio which pay 10 million shillings to operate annually.
two includes FM radios from Kampala Region which will each pay eight million
three includes stations from Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Fort
portal, Masaka and Mbarara. These are charged at least six million each
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.