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Granting Red Pepper Bosses Bail is Dangerous to National Security, Says Prosecutor

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Court has denied eight Red Pepper bosses (editors and directors) bail and sent them back to Luzira Prisons until December 19.

Police arrested the eight last month following a raid on their offices at Namanve. 

Police first held them at Nalufenya in Jinja district. 

They would later appear before court. They face charges of disturbing the peace of Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni and his brother Salim Saleh.

The charges relate to a story in which they claimed that Museveni was plotting to overthrow Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Kampala has since dismissed the reports as false. 

In fact, Museveni and Kagame met during the inauguration for a second term of Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. 

RED PEPPER BOSSES DENIED BAIL

The eight — directors Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Johnson Byarabaha, Patrick Mugumya and Richard Tusiime; and editors Ben Byarabaha, Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime — appeared in court on Tuesday.

They had applied for bail at Buganda Road Court.

But the Uganda Communications commission (UCC) prosecutor asked court to deny the eight bail.

UCC’s Abdul-Salam Waiswa argued that the release of the eight would endanger national security.

Buganda Road Court chief magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda further remanded the eight to Luzira until December 19.

It is not clear if they will be granted bail or if they will have their Christmas in prison.

A prosecutors’ strike is expected to resume next week.

Several media organisations and the US have condemned the detention of Red Pepper staff and called for their release.

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