Mengo Chief Magistrates Court has overturned its earlier orders, directing Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to immediately switch back to the old television signal transmission of analogue from digital signal transmission.
No going back to analogue
In her ruling on Tuesday, Ms Janeva Natukunda, the principle magistrate grade one said court did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the application filed by city lawyer Enoth Mugabi to order UCC to switch back to analogue.
“I find that court had no jurisdiction to entertain the application MA number 465/2015 and grant orders therein. I hereby exercise my powers under section 98 of CPA and set aside all orders granted in MA number 465/2015 on July 2, this year. I have already found that even the main suit cannot be heard by this court because it (court) has no jurisdiction to handle it,” she said.
UCC on Monday warned broadcasters against switching back to analogue, saying “they will be sanctioned.”
Under analogue broadcasting, TV stations carry their own signals but under digital migration, they relinquished the role to Signet, an affiliate body of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation that does uniform transmission to a wider spectrum.
UCC @UCC_Official “Breaking News: The Chief Magistrates Court of Mengo has dismissed the Enoth Mugabi #DigitalMigration case for want of jurisdiction. #NoAnalogue. The Magistrate SET ASIDE the order issued allowing for analogue broadcasting #DigitalMigrationCourtCase,” tweeted UCC