Uganda, Kampala.The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda has remanded the Red Pepper Directors and editors up to December 5, 2017. The directors are Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Patrick Mugumya, Johnson Musinguzi, Richard Tusiime and James Mujuni. The editors include Ben Byarabaha, the Chief Editor and Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime, both senior Editors.
The suspects appeared on Monday before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda following their arrest on Tuesday last week for allegedly publishing information prejudicial to national security contrary to penal code act, publication of a story that defamed President Museveni, his brother General Salim Saleh and Security Minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.
They were also charged with the use of an electronic system to publish information claiming that Museveni, Salim Saleh and Tumukunde were plotting to overthrow Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, which exposed the trio to ridicule, contempt and hatred.
The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their lawyer, Maxim Mutabingwa, saying the charges were bail able. He also argued that the accused are law abiding citizens who live in Kampala and will report to court when needed.
However, the State Prosecutor, Abdu Salaam Waiswa objected to the bail application, saying the state needed more time to scrutinize the documents presented by the sureties. In his ruling, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda remanded the accused to December 5th to allow the state prosecutor to study their bail application papers.