Uganda Broadcasting Corporation expressed its disappointment over the failure to broadcast the match between Egypt and Uganda. Following the negotiation with Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) which failed, the station was broadcasting news instead of the final Group A match between Uganda Cranes and Egypt.
UBC approached parliament’s intervention to force government to benefit Shs 1 billion to pay for the rights. But the government can only release the money in the first quarter of this financial year.
UBC released a statement which was as follows, “As you could be aware, through parliament some Shs 1 billion was committed, unfortunately ministry of Finance couldn’t provide the funds in due time as required and set by CAF for us to able to obtain the free to air games.”
“These are part of the perpetual challenges the national broadcaster is faced with and it’s time Ugandans face the reality and come to the aid of this highly indebted institution as a result of the debts carried forward from creation in 2005,” the statement reads.
According to UBC the debts have increased dramatically but the management have encouraged Ugandans to keep watching UBC as this will be the only wat the revenue can be raised.