Mrs. Kaggwa ordered the Uganda Media Council (UMC) to look into the bitter exchange between the two media personalities. She asked them to focus on the comments made live on air by Totto against Mayanja.
“I am roping in our sister agency (Uganda Media Council) which regulates the conduct and promotes good ethical standards and discipline of journalists,” the UCC boss said in response to complaints raised on social media against Totto.
While doing her “Uncut” show, Totto, real name Zahara Nalumansi made disparaging remarks about Mayanja’s attire, describing her headscarf as “rugs”. “That’s just rugs,” Toto remarked in reference to the blue scarf spotted by the fellow journalist, comedienne, and actress.
“I hate that girl because she made ugly false allegations against me.”
Mayanja, upon hearing this, also responded with matching vitriol. She attacked Toto’s looks and her children.
In a scathing Facebook post on Monday evening, Mayanja called out the Sanyuka TV host and DJ for “having fatherless babies”. She also added that Zahara is spotting a “struggling body.”
The demeaning exchange between the two women was widely condemned especially in the media circles.
Journalist Gabriel Buule, who reported the matter to UCC, accused Totto of “promoting hatred” on live television. She called upon the communications regulatory body to protect journalism by taking action against her.
“...it is unfair that a reporter willingly covered an event and the presenter chose to passionately ridicule the source using profanity and promoting hatred. We call upon UCC to act and promote journalism,” Buule posted.
However, the Uganda Media Council has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
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