UBC TO APPEAL 80M SHS AWARDED AS DAMAGES TO KIZZA BESIGYE FOR FAILING TO RUN HIS CAMPAIGN MESSAGES IN 2011
The Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) has filed a notice of appeal contesting payment of 80 million shillings that the Highcourt awarded to former FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye as damages for refusing to run his presidential campaign messages in 2011.
On the 26th/February 2018, Highcourt judge Margret Oguli-Oumo penalised UBC for refusing to play Dr. Besigye's campaign advert messages yet they had received 21 million shillings from him for the same .
However UBC through its lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka has filed a notice of appeal notifying the Court of Appeal of its intentions to challenge the said award, an order to pay Besigye a 30% interest on the said money and costs of the suit.
The 80 million shillings award stem from a suit that Besigye filed against UBC and it's former managing director Edward Musinguzi in 2012 accusing them of failing their contractual obligations when they refused to run his spot messages a head of the 2011 general polls.
Even though UBC later refunded the 21 million shillings to Dr. Besigye; justice Oguli ruled that his equal rights to enjoy media as a presidential candidate were violated and hence forth she directed UBC to strictly observe the rights of all presidential candidates in future when it comes to media coverage.