Uganda police has raided the offices of Red Pepper, a popular Ugandan tabloid. Police raided the the tabloid’s offices based in Namanve, a Kampala city suburbs last evening.
According to a search warrant issued by a Kampala court, police are hunting for some material. The raid on Red Pepper comes days after Red Pepper ran a story claiming that Rwanda accuses president Yoweri Museveni of planning the overthrow of President Paul Kagame. This isn’t the first time Red Pepper is running in trouble with the state for running similar stories.
Police Spokesman, Emilian Kayima confirmed the raid on Red Pepper, saying the paper is being investigated for publishing information prejudicial to national security.
Arinaitwe Rugyendo, one of the proprietors of Red Pepper posted about the raid on his twitter account “@RedPepperUG is currently under siege by the Counter Terrorism unit of the @PoliceUg & @metpoliceug.”