“I am not a factory, I do not sugarcoat anything; if you ask for my opinion, that is what you get…my head is not powered by anyone. If I was meant to be controlled, I would have been created with a remote control,” social critic Frank Gashumba fumed upon learning of a directive from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) stopping Nation Television (NTV) from hosting him.
According to the directive, Gashumba is accused of using a language that UCC finds profane and abusive on radio and TV programmes where he appears as a guest.
“When did UCC become a complainant? When did UCC become an investigator, court and a judge? In any case if I had committed any crime in any of my submissions, I would have expected the Police to summon me! Who conducted the investigations that found that I was using an abusive language? And how come NTV that hosted me is cautioned and I the purported offender have not been cautioned!” he wondered.
Well, he has been arrested this morning and is currently being held at CID headquarters in Kibuli.
Apparently, the complaint in this case is Godfrey Mutabaazi, the Executive Director of UCC.