By Nelson Twinamatsiko and Wilber Muhwezi-Kasibante
Crane Broadcasting limited; a local FM radio based in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality is to pay 13bn as a compensation to the former Igara-East MP; Micheal Mawanda, Umar Muhanguzi, Faridah Mutambara and Apollo Lee Kakongo of West Ankole Civil Society Forum for defaming their reputation and abusing broadcasting rules.
Through Kirya&Co. Advocates Mawanda and the above three wrote a letter of intention to sue Crane radio jointly with Mohammed Lukwago for defaming him and his colleagues.
It all started on June 17, 2017 at 8:00m when Mohammed Lukwago was hosted on Crane radio and started attacking Micheal Mawanda, Umar Muhanguzi,Faridah Mutambara and Apollo Kakonge, calling them conmen, thieves and robbers; the act that injured their reputation.
The letter dated 14th July 2017 gives Crane radio and Mohammed Lukwago 7 days to pay the 13 bn/= to Micheal Mawanda,Umar Muhanguzi ,Faridah Mutambara and Apollo Kakonge as a compensation to the damage caused to their reputation.
Lukwago and Crane radio are tasked to make an apology to the complainants and assure them that they will not defame their reputation again.
On failure to comply with the lawyer’s letter, Crane radio together with Mohammed Lukwago will be taken to courts of law where they will pay damages and costs of the case.
Mohammed Lukwago is an aide to tycoon Hasan Basajjabalaba while Umaru Muhanguzi is the NRM secretary for Bushenyi district, Faridah Mutambara; former district Deputy speaker and Apollo Kakonge; chief executive officer West Ankole civil society Forum.
They are all members of Make Bushenyi Great Again; a pressure Group that was formed out of the conflict that resulted from Bushenyi district service commission saga.