War of words has erupted between Dembe Fm’s Kasuku real names Isaac Katende and Frank Gashumba of Sisimuka Uganda. Gashumba has started up a petition where he calls up Ugandans to sign and have the radio presenter fired because of the words he uttered out about fallen singer Radio.
His petition reads;
“It has become a norm for “media personalities” to misuse the platforms they have for disseminating information taking their viewers and listeners for granted by perpetually promoting hate speech, tribalism and blackmail of individuals and institutions. This has promoted hate, confusion many times is misleading. Media personalities have become complainants, investigators, prosecutors, judges and prisons. As clearly pointed out by Malcom X;”
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
Ugandans mainly get their information from Radios and TVs with over 90% of Uganda’s adult population mainly relying on Radio for News and Information; still, a big percentage of urban youth rely on social media for news and information.
While the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is charged with regulating such information as that passing through these media outlets, this body only comes out when a perpetrator is presumed anti-government or opposition leaning politically. There is no media organisation be it TV or Radio that can survive without an audience of listeners or viewers.
I am referring to a recent case in which a Ugandan Media personality Isaac Katende aka “Kasuku”, an employee of Dembe Fm and Spark Tv under Nation Media Group on the 3rd of June, 2017 while on his talk and talk radio show asserted that “Moze Radio njagala lumu bamukube omutwe bagwase” (in english) “One day i want someone to beat up Moze Radio’s head and smash it” Moreover he said these evil words on a national radio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0eVQbYclEs
Unfortunately, this Ugandan music legend aged just 33 years of age with over 250 songs to his name, a BET award nominee and one of Africa’s best vocalists and undoubtedly Uganda’s best song writer with more than 400 songs written suffered the same fate on the 23rd of January, 2018 and passed on from the same Injuries on the 1st of February, 2018. As Uganda, East Africa, Africa and the world at large mourns and trying to come to terms with the loss of talented Mowzey Radio, the same radio presenter recorded a facebook live video in which he asserted he was right to make the statement he made last year and for those listeners and viewers that disagreed with him should “go and use your middle finger”. ..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4zK11bBt0s
This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable, unprofessional, and contemptuous in the modern information society and if this act goes unchecked and unpunished, it will send a clear message to other media personalities that it is business as usual.
By the way, do media houses follow the stipulated minimum standards of the people they employ as laid out by the Uganda Communications Commission?
If you feel offended, agitated and hurt with such utterances by these unprofessional personalities please sign this petition have this man Isaac Katende alias Kasuku and his unprofessional colleague Jenkins Mukasa (a failed artiste) fired from the Nation Media Group!