By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Faith-based media houses under the umbrella organization of National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has shown their disagreement with UCC to offer free airtime to homosexuals something they say demoralizes the community.
Therefore as a result, these media houses want UCC to come out very clearly on a clause in their licensing agreements that talks about ‘discrimination’.
In fact, as we write this, these media houses’ proprietors led by Dr.Joseph Sserwada and UCC top officials including the ED are currently holed up in a closed door meeting to forge a way forward.
Read NAB’s Letter To UCC Below;
IMPORT AND PROTECTION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS” IN CLAUSE 12 OF THE LICENCING AGREEMENT
Our attention has been drawn to clause 12 (1) of the Licensing Agreement that Broadcasters are required to sign when obtaining the licence.
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Whereas we acknowledge that discrimination hai bo place in today’s society and our laws are very specific in protection against discrimination the import of and protection of “sexual orientations’ as a right in cause 12 of the licencing agreement is very disturbing bearing in mind that, Ugandan laws prohibit any form of sexual act that contravenes the order of nature.
Our check on the meaning of “sexual orientation’ returns the following; “A person’s identity in relation to the gender or genders to which they are sexually attracted; the first of being heterosexual, homosexual: Adopting the same or similar meaning in the interpretation of clause 12 of the licencing agreement as is would in effect hind and deny, Broadcasters the right opportunity to guide society against such vices.
We wish to further draw your attention to Article 21 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda on Equality and Freedom from Discrimination and point out that; sexual orientation are not part of envisaged in the wording of the Constitutional Article.
Likewise, offences against chapter 14 of the Penal Code Act, specifically section 145 and 146 thereof which criminalise unnatural sexual practises.
Therefore, contractual clauses that aim at barring broadcasters from airing content viewed as discriminatory on the grounds of “sexual orientations’ signifies a diversion from our legal provision in favour of provisions outside Uganda’s legal regime.
We, therefore, request that the same is locked into and eliminated with the clause ascended to reflect the country’s legal and moral position.”