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Red Pepper Bosses Charged with Disturbing Museveni, Saleh’s Peace, Sent to Luzira

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A court in Kampala has sent eight Red Pepper directors and editors to Luzira prison over a story on Rwanda-Uganda relations.

According to the story published at the start of last week, Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni was plotting to overthrow Rwanda’s Kagame.

Kampala denies the claims.

On Monday, the eight appeared  Monday before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court a week after their arrest and detention.

Red Pepper bosses were arrested last Tuesday and their offices put under lock and key.

Police detained them at Nalufenya in Jinja.

The eight are:

Directors: Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Johnson Byarabaha, Patrick Mugumya and Richard Tusiime;

Editors: Ben Byarabaha, Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime

CHARGES AGAINST RED PEPPER DIRECTORS AND EDITORS

Court has charged them with seven counts as read to them by Chief Magistrate Ereemye Mawanda:

OFFENSIVE COMMUNICATION

  • Disturbing the peace, quiet and right of privacy of President Museveni, Gen Henry Tumukunde and Gen Salim Saleh.

LIBEL

  • injuring the reputation of Museveni, his broth Gen Salim Saleh and security minister Henry Tumukunde
  • And subjecting them to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION PREJUDICIAL TO SECURITY 

  • running a headline story regarding military operations, strategies and troop locations, which publication  is likely to disrupt public order and security.

RED PEPPER TREASON CHARGES DROPPED

Court has however dropped treason charges against Red Pepper staff.

Last week’s Charge and Caution Statements had included treason charges.

NO BAIL FOR RED PEPPER BOSSES

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda has remanded the eight to Luzira Prison.

The directors and editors will be jailed at Luzira until December 5, 2017.

Court denied their lawyers’ plea bail.

Max Mutabingwa and Kandeebe Ntambirwaki are representing the publication’s bosses.

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