The principle of day partying means the way television or radio divides the day and airs programs that match the time to capture the audience’s attention.
This principle has been applied on Family radio, 105.3 FM having listened to it on Monday 28th October 2014.The radio is located in Kintintale, Kampala Uganda. Family radio is a borne again Christian founded radio station. Its slogan ‘Family radio, connecting you to life eternal’. The station not only gives scriptures but also political information, family matters, current affairs especially through press review.
The early morning session on Family radio startsat 5:00am to 10:00am.Two programs ‘Amakya Amalungi’ and ‘Rock of salvation’ based on biblical preaching and prayer are aired, at 5:00am and 6:00am respectively. Prayer requests from callers are allowed while sending greetings to friends and other listeners. One gospel worship song is played at the beginning and at the end with only an advert introducing the program. The presenters of the two shows Pastor Hezekiah and Pastor Simeon keep mention the left to the top of the hour and encourage listeners to wake up, pray and start the day’s work.
In the same session the program is ‘family focus’ starting at 7:00am to 10:00am from Monday to Friday. It is presented by James Sengendo and Baby Fedde.This program has weather forecast, sports, and press review. They host a preacher; play gospel inspirational music and commercials, calls, greetings and a news bulletin read by JanetNabosa. The music and the presentation are so lively, joking and laughter characterizes this show. The program also creates awareness about current public affairs preparing the listener to plan and manage the day.
The mid-morning on Family radio of 10:00am to 12:00 noon is the next program session. Inspirational gospel music is played for thirty minutes, followed by ‘the finished work of Christ’ by Pastor Francis Tumusime.He teaches the audience and listeners the importance of believing in the word of God. A word of wisdom every hour is given during the commercial break. Gospel music is again played for one hour to prepare the listeners for the next program.
Midafternoon 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.This starts with gospel inspirational music for 15 minutes, Apostle Linde, preaching the gospel until 1:00pm.A news bulletin is read and later announcement. Lunch hour fellowship by Pastor Steven Ssebyala is broadcast to 2:00pm. The commercial break and introduction of the next program. The ‘miracle time’ is presented by afternoon melodies ‘Ndyebaza’ntya’ a gospel music show request, commercial adverts, and discussion of current affairs in newspapers and prior subsequent news bulletins to help interpret the situation to the listeners ending at 4:00pm.
The evening session 4:00p to 8:00pm, Family radio broadcasts a music show for two hours with commercial break including discussion of Christian values. A sports presentation is given with emphasis of helping those who bet and update supporters of different sports especially football fans. The next program hosts political leaders for a political debates and issues in the country. The session ends with ‘lwaki olimulamu’ translated to mean why you are living and gospel music.
Family radio’s late night programs generally is preaching from 8:00pm to 11:00pm by different pastors. Praise and worship music show to 1:00am by Nabbi John to help comfort the people who are awake at the time feel the presence in God in their houses.
The last program from 1:00am to 4:00am ‘ekyoto’ is broadcast and presented by Pastor Justus.it is nonstop prayer while encouraging listeners to wake up and pray in their houses for morning glory prayers.
Family radio therefore broadcasts programs that help encourage Christians and win souls preparing them for the kingdom off haven and life eternal.
The table below shows a summary of the principle of day parting of the family radio station.
|Early morning5:00am-10:00am||5:00am -6:00am6:00am-7:00am
|AmakyaAmalungiRock of salvation
|Pastor KezekiahPastor SimeonNsubuga
|Gospel musicThe finished work of Christ
|Pastor Francis Tumusime|
|Miracle timeAmawulire ne bilango
Lunch hour fellowship
|Apostle LindeJanet Nabosa
|Gospel music showEbyemizanyo/ the Sports update
|Prosy NakaziJimmy Apollo
|Know your faithEkyigambo
Praise and worship show
|Pastor StevenSsebyalaPastor Moses Kato
|Post late night1:00am-4:00pm||1:00am-4:00am||Ekyoto||Pastor Justus|
The principle of the program clock has been applied on the ‘Desert Island Disc’ broadcast on Capital FM, 91.3 having listened to on Sunday 26th October 2014.The program is presented/host by Simon Kasiyante every Sunday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
The guest Col.Paddy Ankunda, the spokesperson of the Uganda People Defense Forces, UPDF.Simon interviewed Col.Paddy’s life as a soldier and his journey to his career. Simon also asks the guests to choose five songs playing each during the short break.
The clock drawn below shows the ‘desert island disc’ program broadcast on the radio station Capital FM
MAKERERE PRIVATISES MEALS IN HALLS
By Judith Nafula, Anita Wangada and Vera Muryengye
Makerere Universityprivatized meals in the halls at the beginning of the academic year of 2014/2015.The university hired private service providers and firms to offer catering services. Serving centres have been created, combining at least two or three halls where students have all meals together.
Makerere university council had decided to stop giving meals to the students in halls.The students reacted by striking, making the university council and the guild council negotiate to solve the situation to continue giving meals to the willing students.
Makerere implemented the decision reached upon by the university council and scrapped off meals from some halls. This was after the advice from its stake holders to focus on the core functions of the University.
During the press conference held on 30th June 2014, the Makerere university Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentam confirmed to the media, saying
“This decision was well planned therefore everyone was catered for. Students will be paid their allowance to cater for themselves, and I believe that the professional firms we patterned with will provide the best. On the side of the staff which has been operating this job, we have already designated them, therefore we have re-allocated them to work in other places within the university.”
According to the Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango, the university administration patterned with the private catering services to provide meals in different halls.
“The core function of the university is teaching and learning, research and innovations and also knowledge transfer and partnership”, she explained.
H.E Bwowe Ivan, the guild president of Makerere University, says he thanks the university council and service providers for ‘giving good meal’ to the students. He complains that meals are expensive for the students, ‘Makerere is a public university; it should consider the daughters and sons of poor.’
The assistant university bursar in charge of allowances of the non-resident government sponsored students and do not want meals, saysthese students were highly considered when their allowances were increased from about four hundred thousand shillings(Shs 450,000) to about seven hundred thousand shillings (Shs 700,000).
According to the letter from the Dean of students,hired catering firms are; Finland Bar and Restaurant for Mary Stuart, Venus Meals Enterprises for University Hall, Rema Restaurant and Take Away for Nkrumah hall. Lastly, Bbosa Institutional Catering Services will serve Africa Hall, Galloway House and Kabanyolo Hostel.
The arrangement for government students serving centres include; University hall dinning and Mitchell Hall ,at Nsibirwa Hall dinning with Nkrumah, Africa Hall dinning and Livingstone Hall, Mary Stuart dinning Hall for CCE Complex and Lumumba halls, Galloway House and lastly Kabanyolo Hostel.
Eddy, a staff of Finland bar and restaurant marks students’ meal cards, says private sponsored students who want meals, count the number of days in the semester and multiply them by two thousand and five hundred shillings (Shs 2,500) for only lunch and by four thousand (shs 4,000) for all the three meals. They aregiven a number after payment which is written before getting meal. Students are always calm, disciplined and patient on the line because they are sure of getting food. Eddy’s colleagues are happy to serve Makerere university students. ‘It is rare to find food poured on the floor or even tables.’
Some students appreciate the balanced diet compared to the previous meals under the university system which was crowded with posho and beans. It is now black tea, buns and doughnuts, matooke, posho, rice, beans, meat, katogo, cassava, peas, fruits such as water melons and pineapples.
The time of serving meals is adjusted to 30 minutes late, breakfast starts at 6:30am to 8:00am, lunch at 12:00 noon to 2:00pm and supper at 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Macklin Ayebazibwe, a second year student pursuing a bachelors in Education used to have her meals in Complex Hall, but now eats in Mary Stuart, says ‘the food is good but little’. Sheaddsthat the private service providers also sellnice spiced food which includes matooke and chicken to students who wish to have a different meal off the daily menu at an affordable price.
Sarah Akankunda, a second year student says ‘food is a bit good compared to what we were taking in Complex but it’s little’, the dining hall is always clean, water and folks areavailable. Sarah missed food twice, ‘they told us to wait for thirty minutes but you cannot wait yet you have a lecture.’ Sarah also wishes that meal services go back to the old system of meals in every hall.
Maimunah and Lailah, students pursuing a bachelor in library and information computing, attached to Mary Stuart, say students should adjust due to the hard economic situation and applaud the University for Provision of meals.
THE NRM GOVERNMENT DEMOCRACY IS A SHAM
By Judith Nafula
The NRM government has created Institutions of multiparty political system, Auditor General, Electoral Commission, Human Rights Commission, Judiciary, police, Army and Inspector General of Government. There also appears to be regular elections and the parliament, however these are symbols and paths for pretense and finally sugarcoat its dictatorship.
According to the 1995 constitution of Uganda chapter one, article (1), clause (1) all power belongs to thepeople who shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with the constitution.Opposition of the NRM bad governance continues to date.
The same constitution gives powers to the president to appoint the chief justice, prime minister,head of the electoral commission, and many others. These are endorsed in parliament with the majority NRM members who only support the choice of the president.
NRM is accountable for not delivering the elections for lower local council I and II. LC I and II elections were last held in 2001. The LC I and IIs thereforecontinue to serve, despite their term of office having expired in 2006.
Government and NRM have created sections in the police, for instance the Rapid Response Unity (RRU) formerly known as Operation Wembley and the Violent Crimes Crack Unit, to deal with armed crimes. Police uses unlawful force during arrests of the opposition including beating suspects, torture and teargas for unarmed people detaining them for more than 48 hours without being charged.It is not only on Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC),Dr.KizzaBesigye’s, butalso on leaders of Activists for change, the Black Monday, the Unemployed youths and Jobless brotherhood. Suppressing assemblies and violating other human rights and freedoms is evidenced in the walk-to-work demonstrations in which many lives and property were lost.The is police celebrating a hundred years of existence in yellow colors of the ruling party.
Mr. Norman Tumuhimbise and Mr. Robert Mayanja, members of the ‘Jobless brotherhood’ led the anti-corruption demonstration. On Tuesday, June 17th 2014, they dropped two yellow painted piglets in the parking area of parliament. They were arrested and detained for interrogation. Same demonstration has been seen at KampalaRoad, piglets were again dropped.
Quoting the 14th report of the Uganda Human Rights Commission to Parliament released in April, the performance audit reveals that human rights violations increased by 28 percent in 2012, with reported cases rising from 797 to 1,021.
‘The public ordermanagement bill of 2011 and the Uganda communications regulatory bill of 2012 are the opposite of democratic guarantees enshrined in the 1995constitution,’ reads the report by Uganda National NGO forum and Uganda Monitoring Platform (UGMP) 2012.
The first bill attack freedom of expression and assembly forpoliticaldebates and publicmeetings of even three people. It gives the inspector general of police and the minister of internal affairs, wide powers over management of public meetings. Former army men Gen.Kale Kayihura and Gen. Aronda Nyakayirimadeal with civilians.
According to Amnesty International’s deputy Africa director, SarahJackson, “the bill represents a serious blow to open political debate in a country where publicly criticizing the government isalready fraught with risk”.
Despite the fact that there are several media houses operating in Ugandatoday, the promise of availability of information and freedom of the media was disregarded in May 2013.Humanrights activists and journalists were arrested by Riot police and were beaten during the arrests, while protesting for the closure of the Monitor newspaper and two radio stations for ten days for reporting on the alleged government plot, to assassinate politicians opposing Museveni’s son ruling Uganda after his father’s stepped down.
Quoting the world report 2011 on human rights in Uganda, ‘Journalists who are critical of the government are facing intimidations and sometimes criminal charges from the state agents and members of the ruling party’.
The 14th report of Uganda Human Rights Commission to parliament released in April, human rights violations surged by 28 percent in the past 12 months with reported cases rising from 797 to 1,021
In February this year, the NRM parliamentary cacaus meeting at Kyankwanzi endorsed president Museveni to stand unopposed for the party presidencyin 2016.There is no room for those who wish to lead the party and definitely Uganda.
Responding to the audit report of 201/2012 of government performance,Ofwono Opondo, the NRM deputy spokesperson, saidto him NRM is registering satisfactory performance on each of campaigning promises, ‘the road network is very good, there is peace and security,the NRM has delivered on electricity; things are okay’.
The NRM government has failed to amend the constitution to take care of the several unresolved questions for instance restorepresidential term limits, reconstituting the electoral commission and amending electoral laws that prevent democracy, homosexuality, among others. Therefore you and I should question NRM’s democracy.