After laying siege for 85 straight days at the offices of the Pepper Publications in Namanve, the Uganda Police has at last removed its men from the premises, allowing the company to resume its operations from its base.
Police raided the offices of the media company on November 21st last year following publication of a story that projected bad blood between the Ugandan and Rwandan regimes.
All five directors of the company and three top editors were arrested, detained and charged days later among others with offensive commination and jeopardising national security; which case is ongoing before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court.
Last month on January 24th, following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe, the latter allowed the company to reopen.
Police however, maintained siege at the company offices in Namanve, claiming they were still analyzing the company equipment; forcing Red pepper workers to use their other offices at Security House in Kampala.
They also had to outsource the printing services of government owned Vision Group, to keep their two daily publications Red Pepper and Kamunye on the stands.
The Police decision today to leave the Namanve offices comes hours after the Buganda Road Court heard that State Prosecution and Red Pepper are undertakings negotiations to bring this matter to an end.