In Summary
  • The group was arrested on Tuesday evening following the publication of a story titled “M7 plotting to overthrow Kagame – Rwanda”.
  • The directors were brought back to Namanve on Wednesday where a charge and caution statement was read to them.
  • Mr Byamukama says after Wednesday's search, the directors were taken back to Nalufenya.
  • He adds that they were brought back to their head offices in Namanve as the search continues.

Five directors and three editors of the Pepper Publications Group have been charged with treason, offensive communication and disturbing the peace of President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s Security Minister Henry Tumukunde and Gen Salim Saleh.

Those facing charges include directors Arinaitwe Rugyendo (CMO), Patrick Mugumya (COO), Johnson Musinguzi (CFO), Richard Tusiime (CEO) and James Mujuni (CCO), and editors Ben Byarabaha (managing editor), Richard Kintu (news editor) and Francis Tumusiime (also news editor).

They are all detained at Nalufenya Prison in Jinja District.

KAGAME

The group was arrested on Tuesday evening following the publication of a story titled “M7 plotting to overthrow Kagame – Rwanda” on November 20, 2017.

Mr Dickens Byamukama, one of the company’s lawyers said that the directors were brought back to Namanve on Wednesday where a charge and caution statement was read to them.

In a charge and caution statement, a detective reads to the suspect the charges they intend to prefer, the suspect is asked whether he accepts the statement or not.

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