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Red Pepper editors and directors denied bail, sent to Luzira prison
The accused are further said to have willfully and repeatedly used their computers to disturb the peace and privacy of his excellency Museveni, Gen Saleh and Lt Gen Tumukunde by portraying them as people who contrived to overthrow the president of the Republic of Rwanda.

Red Pepper Editors and directors have been denied bail by Buganda road court, this comes a week after the Editors of one of Uganda's leading tabloids were arrested by police and detained at the Nalufenya detention facility on the banks of the Nile.

 

The Red Pepper editors and directors have been at the Nalufenya detention for more than a week and were arrested over a story their newspaper published implicating President Yoweri Museveni and General Salim Saleh in a plot to overthrow Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

The group which includes the tabloids 5 founder's Richard Tusiime (CEO), Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Patrick Mugumya and Johnson Byarabaha plus the RedPepper's Managing Editor Editors Ben Byarabaha, his deputy Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime had been initially charged with treason, but the charge has been dropped by the prosecution and the Red Pepper managers have instead been accused of disturbing Museveni’s peace, among other charges.

 

Prosecution alleges that on the 20th November 2017  at the Red pepper offices in Namanve Mukono district, the accused unlawfully caused publication and distribution of a newspaper headline regarding military operations, strategies, and troop location well knowing that such publication can disrupt public Order and security.

In the libel charge, the accused are said to have caused publication and distribution of newspaper storylines that injured the reputation of president Museveni, his brother Gen. Salim Saleh, security minister Lt.Gen Henery Tumukunde. The publication allegedly subjected the 3 people to hatred, contempt, and ridicule.

The accused are further said to have willifully and repeatedly used  their computers to disturb the peace and privacy  of his execellecy Museveni, Gen Saleh and Lt Gen Tumukunde by portraying them as people  who contrived to overthrow the president of the Republic of Rwanda.

The magistrate declined to grant the accused's  bail application presented through their lawyers Max Mutabingwa and Kandeebe Ntambirweki on grounds that Abdul Salam Waiswa who was borrowed from  Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to handle the case on behalf of the striking state prosecutors needs adequate time within which to scrutinise the documents presented by the sureties.

The accused will now return to court on the 5th December 2017 for determination of their bail application.