Buganda Road Chief Magistrate James Mwanda Eremye has encouraged the prosecution and the defense in the case where Red Pepper Editors and directors are accused of publishing information prejudicial to national security, to embrace negotiations.
“The Direction of reconciliation is a very important step,” said the magistrate, encouraging the parties to talk out their matters.
Eremye said talks would help speedup this matter, in order to allow resumption of normal operations at the media company.
He acknowledged that the longer this case drags on, the more financial impact it will have not only on Red Pepper staff but also their families.
During today’s hearing, Defense Council Dennis Nyombi informed court of ongoing negotiations between his team and the state.
This comes after a meeting between Red Pepper Directors and President Yoweri Museveni, shortly before the company was allowed to reopen
Council Nyombi thus opposed a longer adjournment requested by prosecution; noting that the Red Pepper offices are still under siege.
“We pray that counsel responds to our last submissions regarding to the Police’s stay at the accused person’s place of work” Nyombi said.
He argued that the state’s actions showed that this case had lost direction, which affects their right to a fair and speedy trial.
The matter was adjourned to 28th February for mention and on the same date the state is expected to reveal to court the level of negotiation or come ready for a hearing.