Museveni To Decide On Closed Newspapers’ Fate Today

illness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Red Pepper, Daily Monitor and its sister radio stations – KFM and Dembe FM have been under police siege for the last eight days.

Police say they have been searching for the original letter of Coordinator of Intelligence Organs Gen David Sejusa (Tinyefuza) in which he is calling for an investigation into plans to assassinate army officers opposed to Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi’s rise to presidency.

State House sources say Museveni will today meet the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and Muhoozi at State House, Entebbe ahead of a planned trip to Asia.

“This is decision time. The President is lenient but he needs assurance that the media houses will not attack his family or publish stories that hurt national security,” a source told this website on Monday evening.

“The meeting will decide when to reopen the media houses.”


It is understood that Police have finalized investigations at the newspapers’ premises.

Detectives today said they had completed the search at Red Pepper after sweeping through the printery, accounts department and library.

Red Pepper news editor Ben Byarabaha told Chimpreports that they expect government to reopen the newspaper premises “because we have fully cooperated with detectives from day one.”

“We have given police everything they wanted. On day one they came for Sejusa’s press release, which we handed over to them. They asked to search our computers and we complied. Even the accounts department and printing machines were searched. They should be satisfied by now,” said Byarabaha.

Police reportedly recovered files related to Sejusa from some of the computers in the newspaper’s newsroom.

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