Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) FM radio, one of a strong of media outlets owned by Buganda kingdom has mysteriously been switched off air under mysteriously unexplainable circumstances.
This shockingly happened veteran news anchor Wamala Balunabba was reading the news at 2 o’clock and informed the listeners that both the radio frequencies at 88.8 and 89.2 would be switched off temporarily without giving details.
“I would like to inform you that the station will be switched off immediately but we shall be back soon,” addressed Balunabba to his radio audience on Monday 23. This was shortly followed by brief commercials before both frequencies went mute.
Although he later on tried to briefly tell that the reason for the incident was due to some engeneering work at the station, he went off air without concluding the usual way, creating suspicions that it could have been a forced move.
This will however not be the first time for the Mengo operated radio stations to go off air under similar circumstances. In 2009, after the civil unrest that resulted from denying Kabaka Mutebi access to his Bugerere county, CBS, along with Ssubi FM, another radio station owned by Mengo was closed of over one year by the Uganda communications Commission.