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.