Redpepper directors denied bail

By Ruth Anderah: 
A prosecutor from the Uganda Communications commission (UCC) Abdul-Salam Waiswa has asked Buganda Road Court chief magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda  not to release on bail the  8  redpepper publication directors and senior Editors for fearing of repeatitive offending and endangering national security.

Waiswa informed court that if the suspects are left free to gain access to their computers, e-mails and mobile phones, there is a likelihood of re-connecting with their networks to frustrate the on-going investigations.

Waiswa added that court should also take into account  the gravity and seriousness of the offense of publishing information prejudicial to national security allegedly committed by the suspects which shows that they are a danger to Uganda , Rwanda and the entire great lakes region security once released on bail.

The eight  were sent on remand at Luzira prison last week on Monday over charges of allegdly publishing information prejudical to security , libel and offensive communication to the person of president M7 and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh.

The 5 directors   include ;   Richard Tusiime ; the Managing Director, Johnson Musinguzi the Finance Director,  Patrick Mugumya ; The Director Operations and  Arinatiwe Rugyendo;   a director who also doubles as a secretary and  chief marketing officer.

Others are ;  Richard Kintu; the Deputy News Editor , Ben Byarabaha a senior Editor  Francis Tumusiime;  the special project Editor and James Mujuni a journalist.

They  are said to have  willfully and repeatedly  used  their computers for no legitimate purposes to disturb the peace and privacy  of his excellency YKM7 , Gen Saleh and Lt Gen Tumukunde by portraying them as people  who  contrived a plot to over throw  the president of the Republic  of Rwanda.