By Leonard Kamugisha AKIDA
The future of Joseph Tamale Mirundi in Ugandan media is seemingly living on a borrowed time after government orders various media house to suspend his shows lest they face legal.
Yesterday, the news of Mirundi’s quitting NBS TV made circulation’s on social media platforms with a biggest percentage of Ugandans in the informal sector spitting fire to government over the censors.
Mirundi’s son Tamale Mirundi Jnr broke the bad news on his Facebook page when he posted; “My Father Tamale Mirundi has left NBS. His usual program “one on one” will not be taking place with effect from tomorrow… We shall be notifying you in case of any changes.. thank u.”
” segment tweeted that tormentors had threatened NBS TV to pay 10b shillings should they host Tamale Mirundi’s whom they allege he abuses them.
”I have been reliably informed that Tamale Mirundi’s Television and Radio career may have come to an end after his tormentors convinced President Yoweri M7 that his man is acting with unprecedented impunity in attacking and abusing them” Simon Muyanga Lutaya.
This has however remained uncertain since many couldn’t tell who the tormentors were but corridors would suspect figures he’s hitherto pinned as “Gov’t Mafias.”
Latest from 89.2fm Top Radio, one of the Prominent media known for hosting the Motor mouthed Tamale Mirundi states that the radio will no longer be running the shows due to the orders by the President through Gender Minister Frank Kajiji Tumwebaze. The Radio confirmed in a press statement.
According to the statement, Radio management on Sunday June14th,2020 held a meeting where it agreed on handing over selected recordings of the previous shows to police, Minister Tumwebaze’s lawyers Ms Atwine’s Lawyers and the UCC within a period of two weeks as directed.
There’s no any official communications from the ICT ministry, UCC regarding the censorship of Tamale Mirundi’s media appearances.
Means to get comments from UCC and ICT minister remains futile.
Our sources learnt that Tamale Mirundi will now land on using digital platforms since many media houses are facing greater intimidations in hosting him.
Tamale is not the first critique to face suspension in media in Uganda. Other prominent persons have tested on gov’t censors from media. Most recent is Frank Gashumba whose Sisimuka Televised show was suspended from running on NTV. He was also indefinitely banned from appearing in media.