Kampala, 13th/May/2013; three Daily Monitor journalists are ready to appear before the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) for interrogations over a story the newspaper published on 07th May, carrying contents of a letter allegedly written by the Coordinator of Security Agencies, Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza, alleging that there was a plot to assassinate some top government officials.
The police summoned Daily Monitor’s acting Managing Editor Don Wanyama and two of the paper’s senior reporters; Richard Wanambwa and Risdel Kasasira for questioning over the letter which claimed that there was a plot to eliminate senior government officials opposed to the “Muhoozi Project”, a reference to an alleged scheme to have the First Son, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, take over the presidency from his father, President Museveni. Museveni has been Uganda’s President since 1986 when he came to power after a 5 year bush war.
“We are expected at the CIID headquarters at 10am, at Kibuli. We are ready to appear there. I know we handled the story very professionally, but these people in government just want to intimidate us over nothing will.
The summonses were issued by Mr Geoffrey Musana on behalf of the director of the CIID for the trio to appear on 14th May.
“This is one of the ways that the State has resorted to in curtailing a free media. We hope that the journalists will remain firm and don’t compromise on their investigative journalism.” Said HRNJ-Uganda’s National Coordinator Wokulira Ssebaggala
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