CBS FM Buganda

CBS FM Buganda is a Luganda radio channel in Kampala, Uganda.[1]

King of buganda
CBS FM Buganda
Broadcast areaKampala, Uganda
Frequency88.8 & 89.2 megahertz
FormatNews and information
89.2 Fm Emanduso
First air date
22 June 1996

Enkuuka Y’OmwakaEdit


Is an end of year fete organised by CBS FM, on New Year’s Eve.[2] Enkuka yo Mwaka crowns winners of the six-month-long Omuzira wa Bazira (hero of heroes) quiz competition which tests knowledge of Buganda kingdom culture. It brings together some of Buganda’s finest musicians. It is essentially entertainment, merry-making and full blast fun before the king officially ushers his subjects into the new year with a symbolic key. Rather than join urban Uganda’s elite in high end hotels, the Kabaka comes to watch the fireworks and performances with his people, a gesture that is interpreted by many as a show of humility and connection with the masses, and the reason mammoth crowds attend the Lubiri event.[3][4]

Entanda ya bugandaEdit

Entanda ya Buganda is a radio quiz programme which aims at promoting Buganda culture and norms. The competition that tests participants on a wide range of issues from and within Buganda, including idioms and mastery of Luganda, culture, sports, politics, among others, attracts more than 500 participants. The winner of the competition is always crowned on 31 December during a function presided over by the Kabaka at his Mengo palace. Winners walk home with land titles and cash prizes. Mukiibi explains, “We also introduced entanda ya masomero in schools which the Nnabagereka’s office facilitates. Certainly as Buganda we treasure it, we want our people to be proud of and master Luganda and our culture in general. We believe in the power of these events to sustain our culture and kingdom.”.[3] The winner of the competition is always crowned on 31 December during a function presided over by the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at his Mengo palace. All Previous winners have received land on which they have built schools and other development ventures.[4][5][6]


Closure and reopeningEdit

On 10 September 2009, CBS was taken off air for inciting violence among the public. This followed the numerous talk shows on the radio that hosted people who were critical of the government. Matters worsened when the Kabaka was blocked from travelling to Kayunga which led to riots.[7] The technicians would switch on the studio equipment, hoping CBS would be switched back on; with time, they stopped opening the studio. Occasionally, the CBS staff stopped by at the station to catch up, laugh at their misfortune and even share the little money they had.[8][9] Most activities of the station were canceled including the public events and publications. In 2010, the station was reopened, after one year of closure.[10]


  1. ^ "Uganda profile " Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Enkuuka draws mammoth crowds" Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Social events that keep Buganda alive" Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Buganda New Year’s carnival includes quiz competition, performances and Skype diaspora connection" Archived 2015-03-15 at Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Entanda ya Buganda is on" Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ "ENTANDA 2011" Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Government should hear out CBS radio" Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ "CBS FM CLOSURE WAS A REAL SHOCKER IN UGANDAN MEDIA INDUSTRY." Archived 2016-10-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Ugandan station still closed, an ill omen for election" Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. ^ "How the closure/reopening of CBS exposed Buganda’s most sly enemies" Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 14 March 2015.

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