All radio and television stations in Uganda have been forced to adjust their Sunday programming, following a directive from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to broadcast President Museveni’s New Year message live.
In a letter to all broadcasters in Uganda dated December 28, UCC executive Godfrey Mutabazi said they will be required to allocate Mr Museveni two hours to deliver his New Year message to Ugandans.
“The President's New Year's Message has now been scheduled to be broadcast between 1900 hours to 2100 on the 31st December 2017,” said Mr Mutabazi.
After receiving the letter, Capital FM Uganda was among the first broadcasters to tell their listeners about the planned change in their Sunday programming.
“Dear listeners, our usual programming will change on the 31st of December 2017 between the hours of 7pm - 9pm in order to relay the President's New Year's message as instructed by UCC,” read a message on its social media platforms.
“We cannot say no to the directive,” said Bishop David Kiganda, the proprietor of Kingdom FM and KTV.