Wednesday July 6 2011

Suspended UBC bosses defy police summons

By John Njoroge


Two months after the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) was besieged by security personnel and its top officials suspended following a presidential directive, vivid details of the improprieties that happened at the national broadcaster are yet to be made public.

A source close to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) told this newspaper yesterday some of those being investigated have been ignoring police summons for questioning. “We have summoned a number, some of whom are ‘very senior’ government officials but they have refused to appear,” the senior police officer told Daily Monitor.

Stopping shy of mentioning their names, the source added that arrest warrants could be issued to compel the accused persons to appear for questioning. But Ms Grace Akullo, the SIU chief said: “Investigations are ongoing. Be patient.” She, however, declined to comment on suspects that have been avoiding summons.

UBC managing director Edward Mugasa Musinguzi, finance manager Patrick Rwera, sales manager William Odoch and operations manager Godfrey Luggya among others, were interdicted pending investigations into their actions while in office.