By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) the government regulatory body of the communications sector in Uganda has summoned singer Eric Opoka alias Eezzy to defend his controversial “Tumbiza Sound” already trending hit which is said to be against COVID-19 fight campaign-according to Ministry of Health.
It is worth noting that last week, the Director-General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa wrote to UCC claiming that the song was causing misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.
“Currently, the Ministry of Health is working with the UCC and the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance to effectively deliver Health Promotion and Education information to the public,” Mwebesa noted.
Mwebesa further said that “It has been noted with concern that there is a song being broadcasted on electronic and social media with messages contradicting the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures on COVID-19 prevention titled “Tumbiza Sound’ by Eric Opoka aka EeZzy. The message in the song has, in turn, caused misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.”
It is against that background that Irene Ssewankambo, the Executive Director of UCC has summoned Opoka saying that commission officials want to discuss the song light of the Ministry of Health’s complaint.
“The complainant states that the Tumbiza Sound song contains messages contradicting the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Covid-19 prevention,” a statement from UCC reads in part.
The UCC, therefore, wants Opoka to meet them on Tuesday this week at Midday and is allowed a maximum of three (3), representatives.