Red Pepper, Kamunye to hit city streets on Monday

Red Pepper directors and editors in the dock during a past hearing of their case. File photo.

The Red Pepper newspaper and its sister papers will hit the city streets on Monday, after three months out of circulation.

In a twitter message, the management of the local tabloid posted yesterday (Saturday), the Red Pepper, Kamunye and Entatsi will be printed and distributed for sale a cross Uganda, starting on January 28.

The Red Pepper was closed down in November last year and its directors, editors jailed after it published a story alleging that President Museveni was training Rwanda rebels to topple the government of President Kagame

But President Yoweri Museveni last week ordered the police off the media company’s premises.

Immediately after the President issued the directive, all security personnel who have been guarding the local newspaper company premises vacated.

The police has since kept siege on the newspaper’s premises, declaring it a scene of crime and had last week applied to court to keep on for another three months.

But after meeting the tabloid newspaper’s directors at State House Entebbe, President Museveni reportedly warned them against reckless reporting in future.

“His Excellency the President pardoned the Company Directors and it’s Senior editors and promised to immediately order the police to vacate the Pepper head office at Namanve and return all confiscated electronic equipment to the company,” the paper’s Editorial Director, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, said Wednesday morning.

Asked when the paper will hit the newsstands again, Rugyendo said the exact day cannot be given but added, “We shall be back on the streets in the next few days.

The newspapers 5 directors, including Richard Tusiime, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Johnson Musinguzi and Patrick Mugumya and three of its top editors were jailed for a month and charged with three counts including publishing information prejudicial to national security. They were granted bail on December 19, 2017.



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