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Red Pepper closed, directors detained over security matters

The Red Pepper offices in Namanve. File photo

KAMPALA–The Police have arrested the directors of Red Pepper Publication, a local tabloid, as it widens its  investigations into a story published in the tabloid saying that President Yoweri Museveni was plotting to overthrow President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

Yesterday, the Police secured a search warrant from Buganda Court to conduct search on the media house, including searching laptops, computers and other documents.

Police said the article has a grave implication on the national and regional security and stability.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the editors of the local tabloid are being detained at Nalufenya, in Jinja district.

Currently, the Red Pepper offices are closed and it’s staff are not allowed to access the premises.

Both Red Pepper and other products published by the same media house are not on the market today.

“The Red Pepper offices are a scene of crime and have been cordoned off to facilitate investigations and remain as long as it’s necessary,” said Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson.

Many Journalists and media houses are living in fear since CMI started arresting some top Police officials.

Some have been summoned to appear before CID Police headquarters, Kibuli for interrogations on issues related to infringing the peace of IGP Gen Kale Kayihura.

This is not the first time Police are closing RedPepper offices. In 2013, the local tabloid offices were closed after publishing Gen. David Sejusa’s dossier, in which he alleged that the President was preparing his son Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba. They were opened after securing a court order.

Police statement

 

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