Police on Wednesday charged RedPepper directors and editors with treason, offensive communication and publication of a story that is prejudicial to the security of the country.
According to the company lawyer Denis Nyombi, the staff of Uganda’s leading tabloid are also charged annoying the person of the president’s brother General Salim Saleh and Security minister Henry Tumukunde.
Nyombi said anti-terrorism squad swung into action and mounted a search both at RedPepper offices and at the homes of the directors and editors in question.
This would mean the company would remain closed and counting losses in hundreds of millions.
Five company directors Richard Tusiime (CEO), Patrick Mugumya (CPO), Arinaitwe Rugyendo (CM0), James Mujuni (CCO) and Johnson Musinguzi Byarabaha (CFO) and three editors Ben Byarabaha (Managing Editor), Richard Kintu (News Editor) and Tumusiime Francis Tinywana (Bwino Newspaper Editor who doubles as General Manager) were made to record statements and sign the charge sheet.
As soon as they finished responding to the charge and caution statements, they were thrown back into police vans and driven back to Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja district.
Police says Red Pepper Publications offices in Namanve along Jinja road will remain closed until it has concluded investigations into the leading tabloid.
They are accused of publishing a story which alleges President Yoweri Museveni is hatching a plot to overthrow Rwanda President, Paul Kagame.
According to the story whic`h the ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed as false, UPDF is allegedly training former president Habyarimana’s loyalists with the help of the French army based in Rwenzori region.
The story alleges that UPDF will enter Congo in the guise of hunting ADF and former M23 rebels following an alleged deal between President Museveni and Kabila from where they will enter a war with Rwanda.
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