Umusingi newspaper controversy deepens
By Robert Mugabe
KIGALI-Following the recent announcement of the immediate halt of Umusingi news paper by its boss, Nelson Gatsimbazi who is in Sweden for unclear stay, claiming his paper has took another policy different for the initial editorial line, the manager and brother , Stanley Gatera says He’s not going to stop the publication.
Gatsimbazi told BBC Kinyarwanda version that he is temporary suspended his paper and Media high council has confirmed to getting Gatsimba’s letter suspending his paper. Speaking to Great Lakes Voice, Stanley Gatera, said his brother and boss, can’t sack him on radio airwaves.
“We had agreement when he (Gatsimbazi) was leaving the country, the deal was to run the paper with my own funds, so if he wants to terminate the agreement, let him come and we sit again and see the way forward” Gatera said adding that his brother left with him only with a name without money and staff to manage.
“It’s my money I have invested. Yes, it’s his paper, but also I have to get what I invested, remember, I had my job which was paying me and I resigned. He can’t stop the business on air or by emails. We have to negotiate face to face” Gatera added.
In telephone interview, the state owned regulator, Media High Council, executive secretary, Patrice Mulama told Great Lakes Voice that his Institution has received Gatsimba’s latter asking Media High Council to help in suspending his paper temporary.
“We received his letter without stamp and the signature which made us doubt. But, he has called to confirm his correspondence. He called asking Media High Council to suspend Umusingi but, we don’t have legislature that gives us that mandate” Mulama said adding that it’s the first time a media company has requested his institution to suspend a media organ.
“We are like confused since we not sure what to do but, we are going to ponder what can be done or see if there is another institution to do what Gatsimbazi wants,” Mulama added.
According to Gatera, if gatsimbazi accuses him of working with the government and changing the editorial line, then He(Gatsimbazi) is not genuine, “I did not change anything.” I found the paper when it was not periodic, and it’s now weekly.
Gatera said, he will continue publishing Umusingi news paper defying his brothers’ orders.