Besigye case against UBC, Judgement set for next year

Besigye case against UBC, Judgement set for next year

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Former FDC presidential candidate Retired Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye has testified against the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) for refusing to run his 2011 presidential campaign adverts.

Besigye and his witness lawyer Dan Wandera Ogalo have given their testimonies before Justice Margaret Oguli -Oumo and were cross-examined by UBC lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka.

In the turn of events UBC also called one witness a one Brian Pachuto; a sales executive who has confirmed to court that Besigye’s adverts were not run and the money was duly refunded to him.

Pachuto who issued the time orders to run the said adverts has told court that much as Besigye had provided content for his adverts, the UBC editorial team was not there at the time to approve the said content.

However even though Besigye acknowledges the pay back of his 21 million shillings, he still wants UBC to be condemned for breach of contract and for unfairly treating other candidates by giving them little air-play.

Besigye claims that NRM candidate was given 90 percent of the air play on UBC and the rest of the 6 candidates had to share the remaining ten percent, something he thinks was done deliberately against his political affiliation.

According to the suit, UBC is being sued jointly with its former Managing Director Edward Musinguzi for allegedly receiving Dr. Besigye’s money from his media agent; Big ideas to run over 200 spot messages but the duo chose to breach their contractual obligations.  Justice Oguli promised to give her judgment on the matter on 5th/February 2018.

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