YFM DJ APOLOGISES OVER GAY AUDIO CLIP
Thu, 8 July 2010Two YFM DJs have been suspended after they played a homophobic audio clip and mocked a gay colleague on air.
The Times reported on Wednesday that DJ Macgyver Mukwevho, known as MacG, played a clip from YouTube of the chairman of the National Task Force against Homosexuality in Uganda, Pastor Martin Ssempa, ranting about the “evils” of homosexuality.
Mukwevho, according a listener, was heard "laughing hysterically" at the tirade and asked a gay colleague, producer Junior Dikwa, if he engaged in the activities mentioned by the anti-gay pastor in the clip.
It emerged that DJ Mpho Maboi had earlier also played the clip on her show.
YFM will be facing the Broadcasting Complaints Commission today following a hate speech complaint from the listener. The two DJS have been suspended pending the outcome of disciplinary hearings.
On Tuesday, Mukwevho apologised for the furore on Twitter: "I'd like to profusely apologise to everyone I offended during my show last month when I made reference to homosexuality. Sincere apologies," said the DJ.
Dikwa told the newspaper that his sexuality was no secret but he refused to comment on the matter.
Ssempa is an anti-gay crusader in Uganda and is a vocal supporter of that country's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill which advocates the death penalty in certain cases of homosexual "behaviour".