Next Media Services, a flagship of Nile Broadcasting Television, (NBS TV) has finally taken the bull by the horn and responded to a protest letter from the National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on accusations of conspiracy and bias in the just concluded 2021 presidential elections.
In his letter dated 27th January, Kyagulanyi alias expressed his frustration and disappointment in the way the TV station ‘established its own tally center’ contrary to government directive that no one was allowed to release results except the electoral commission.
“You will recall that in many countries, cooperation like yours have chosen to side with the regimes in power against in situations of great moral conflict. Whether they do it for material gain or other considerations, they never escape the consequences of their depravity. I hope you will reflect on your actions and apologize to the people of Uganda”, the letter partly reads.
On Monday, February 1st 2021, NBS TV replied to the letter stressing that Kyagulanyi’s claims are baseless and unfounded. The station has since refused to ‘apologize to Ugandans’ and maintains its integrity and accuracy in the reporting.
“Via social media, our attention was drawn to a letter addressed to us dated 27th January 2021, from Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi alleging conspiracy and bias in the 2021 election reporting on our part. These allegations are baseless and unfounded.” NBS TV reply in part reads.
“We have consistently provided equal opportunity to all political players irrespective of their inclinations. Because of this, we have continuously received similar sentiments from government, opposition and general public alike, especially when it’s not in their favor”, Dezyre Derekford, the PRO for Next Media states in the letter.