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Briefing: Red Pepper Offices Still Locked; Intelligence Warns Museveni on Armed Boda Boda 2010

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Police Yet to Vacate Red Pepper Offices

Police still at Red Pepper

Despite President Museveni instructing Police to reopen Red Pepper offices to allow the publication resume business, the Namanve-based premises remain under key and lock.

On January 23, Museveni met with Red Pepper directors at State House Entebbe during which he directed his PPS Molly Kamukama to insure police vacated the publication’s head offices.

Museveni also directed that police return all equipment confiscated during last year’s raid including mobile phones, computers, hard disks among other items.

Two weeks down the road, Red Pepper’s head offices remain under police guard.

It’s understood Gen Kale Kayihura promised to have the offices reopened last week.

He would later postpone this activity to this past Monday but didn’t show up possibly due to his tight schedule.

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Asked whether police had explained their stay at the newspaper’s headquarters, Pepper Publications Managing Director Richard Tusiime, responded:  “Police hasn’t told us why.”

Explaining the effect of the closure on the company’s operations, Tusiime said they were currently “operating at less than half of our capacity and enduring huge production costs because of using commercial printers.”

He added: “We can’t print some of our products like Kamunye and Entatsi.”

We were unable to speak to Gen Kayihura on Wednesday morning when we posted this story.

The police spokesperson Emillian Kayima’s phone was switched off.

However, Tusiime said most of the Pepper Publications staff are at “home because the rented space we have is so small.”

The total loss incurred since the Pepper Publications was closed last year is estimated billions of shillings, according to Tusiime.

Angry Demonstrators attack Canadian Journalist in Juba

Angry protesters on Juba streets on Tuesday

Youths demonstrating against the U.S. arms sales embargo imposed on South Sudan have beaten up a canadian juornalist covering the pro-government protests infront of the United Nations base in Juba.

ChimpReports’ correspondent, Juol Madhal
says the Canadian journalist only identified as Sam is a reporter with the AP.

It has been widely circulated in various media that the journalist was an American citizen.

However, it was later verified that Sam was a Canadian citizen.

A local journalist at the scene on Tuesday told ChimpReports the reporter was attacked because she was from the west.

This comes just days after the US imposed arms embargo on the world’s youngest Nation.

In response to the action of the US government, the country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai said Washington was not South Sudan’s partner in development, but that China and Russia were.

“It is the Chinese who will build the roads in South Sudan, not Americans because they are not our partners in our economy. The partners are Chinese and the other potential partners are Russians, they are building a refinery, the first refinery in South Sudan. So these are the people who have been defending us,” said Taban Deng Gai, South Sudan’s First Vice President.

Intelligence Warns Museveni on Boda Boda Security Threat

Rubaga NRM Chairperson Abdallah Kitatta

Ugandan intelligence services warned President Museveni on the possibility of being harmed by criminal gangs in the Boda Boda 2010, just weeks before the militia’s commanders were arrested.

Abudallah Kitatta and his brother Huzair Kiwalabye were picked from different parts of Kampala in January as part of a wider investigation into the alleged criminal activities of Boda Boda 2010.

Officials have told ChimpReports Morning Intelligence Briefing that Museveni had received classified security reports on how the Boda Boda 2010 had grown into a powerful force that could be used to destabilize Kampala City and even threaten his personal life.

“Museveni is a very patient man,” said a high ranking security chief.

“We started warning the President two years ago that Boda Boda 2010 was being armed and had increased its recruitment in different parts of Kampala and beyond under the leadership of thugs.”

Ak 47 guns and rounds of ammunition were recovered by military intelligence during operations against the outfit.

Earlier, IGP Gen Kale Kayihura was asked by journalists whether Boda Boda 2010 was armed.

He responded: “Are you sure? Let’s go together and check them out.”

But the recovery of automatic rifles from the group strengthened the security chiefs’ position that Kitatta and his men were up to some Mischief.

“On several occasions, Boda Boda men have ambushed Museveni during his trips across the city to address them. We sensed danger and had to act accordingly,” the official told us.

Kitatta and several others are detained at Kigo Prison over the murder of Case Hospital Accountant Francis Ekalungar and acts of violence in the city.

Miguna Miguna Deported to Canada

Dr Miguna Miguna

Controversial Kenyan politician activist and self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) “general” Dr Miguna Miguna was on Tuesday night deported from Kenya to Canada.

Mr Miguna, according to Kenyan media, was placed into a KLM flight departing Nairobi for Amsterdam minutes to 10pm, lawyer, John Khaminwa said.

Miguna Miguna had in recent months stepped up rhetoric against the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, calling for street action in the wake of the disputed Kenyan presidential elections.

The official government newsroom said on Twitter, ‘‘Miguna is headed home. The court ordered he gets released and the interior ministry obeyed the orders and even assisted him with a flight ticket home’‘.

Interior ministry claims Mr Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back. Spokesman Mwenda Njoka said the lawyer never bothered to reclaim it.

“Mr Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship and never bothered to reclaim Kenyan citizenship in the legally prescribed manner neither did he disclose that he had another country’s citizenship despite being a lawyer who should have known better,” Mr Mwenda said on Twitter.

Miguna alleged that he “was present and consented to the administering of an oath to Raila Amollo Odinga purporting to bind him to commit a capital offence of treason,” leading to fears among opposition supporters that the Nasa leader could also be arrested and charged with committing treason.

Following Mr Miguna’s arrest and failure to charge him in court, the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti had been ordered to appear in court to explain circumstances surrounding their failure to release the Nasa activist.

Mr Miguna was arrested last Friday and on the same day High Court Judge James Wakiaga granted him a Sh50,000 bond but he was not released.

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