In Summary
  • They are accused of publishing a story on Uganda military operations, strategies and troop deployment in likely breach of national security.
  • The journalists are charged with publishing information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication to President Yoweri Museveni and his brother General Salim Saleh.

A Ugandan court has extended the detention of editors and directors of an independent newspaper accused of implicating Kampala in a plot to overthrow Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda on Tuesday allowed police to hold the four managers and four journalists of Red Pepper until December 19.

DETAINED

The four directors are Richard Tusiime (the managing director), Johnson Musinguzi (finance), Patrick Mugumya (operations) and Arinatiwe Rugyendo (company secretary and chief marketing officer).

The scribes are Richard Kintu (news editor), Ben Byarabaha (associate editor), Francis Tumusiime (special projects editor) and James Mujuni (a reporter).

They are accused of publishing and distributing a story on Uganda military operations, strategies and troop deployment in likely breach of national security.

The journalists are charged with publishing information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication to President Yoweri Museveni and his brother General Salim Saleh.

DENIED BAIL

The magistrate rejected their bail application and ordered their lock-up at Luzira Prison in Jinja.

The eight were first arraigned in court last Monday before being remanded at the prison where they were picked up on Wednesday for the hearing.

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