KAMPALA– Mr Nowomugisha Sedrack Nzaire Kaguta has dragged Monitor Publications to the High Court for allegedly using his photograph on a wrong story.
In his law suit filed in court, Nowomugisha claims that on August 2, 2017 with intent to defame him, Monitor publications Ltd wrote, printed , published and distributed an article defamatory to him with the title ‘Museveni’s brother named in Jinja land grab’.
Nowomugisha also sued the company’s editor in chief.
Nowomugisha says that in the article the defendants indicated that a one Simpson Birungi had appeared before the land commission of inquiry and pinned President Yoweri Museveni’s younger brother “Michael Nuwagira” aka Toyota to having helped him fraudulently grab government land.
He asserts that the picture attached to the article and said to be one of Nuwagira was his and to that effect he wrote a letter to the defendants on August 2, 2017demanding for an apology but they turned a deaf ear to the same.
“The statements in the article were highly defamatory arising from untruthfulness, deliberate mispresentation and distortion of facts, bizarre connotations and malice with clear intention to damage the good name, fame, business and other social reputations the plaintiff (Nowomugisha) has had to build for money years,” reads in part the court documents.
Court documents further indicate that the words that were used in the article were understood to mean that Nowomugisha is a low-class person, delinquent, trickster, dishonest, fraudster and untrustworthy yet he is a person in high esteem, the chairman NRM Kiruhura District, a family man and businessman.
He contends that due to the defamatory effect of the defendant’s article, his status and financial earnings have been negatively affected, he has lost business income as people are shunning him and his endorsement deals with different individuals and corporations have stalled as a result.
The file has been sent for mediation.