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Gode nyheter – om Daily Monitor & Red Pepper! +Goverment Statement 30th May 2013

Her er det først et par gladmeldinger fra kjente i FDC og oppisjonen. For så en offisiell statement fra minister i regjeringen til NRM. Check it out!

Uganda Talks: “Government to let Daily Monitor resume business today, Red Pepper to open after on going negotiations are finalised” ca kl 10 Norsk tid.

Francis Mwjiukye: “Monitor, KFM, and Dembe have finally been reopened. The ugly police gangs have left”. Denne oppdateringen kom rundt 12.30 i dag. Francis var på dette tidspunktet usikker på Red Pepper blir åpnet.

Det spekuleres om internasjonalt press har satt dette igang. Noe jeg har ingen anelse om. Annet enn at det var på tide. Hvis landet skal påstå å ha pressefrihet! Aga Khan er forhåpentligvis litt gladere idag. Selv om han sikkert føler seg snytt av oppførelsen til President Museveni. Sagaen er langt fra Project Muhoozi er langt fra ferdig!

GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE POLICE SEARCH AT THE MONITOR PUBLICATIONS, THURSDAY 30TH MAY 2013

1. On the 7th day of May 2013, the Daily Monitor published a classified letter headed “proposed investigations” dated 29th April 2013 purportedly written by Gen. David Sejusa, addressed to the Director General, Internal Security Organisation and copied to a number of senior security officers, including the Chief of Defence Forces and the Director General, External Security Organisation.

2. Soon after that publication, the Police initiated investigations to establish the authenticity of the letter published by the Daily Monitor.

3. According to the preliminary inquiries, it was established that the Director General, Internal Security Organisation, to whom the letter was addressed, as well as the officers to whom the letter was copied never received it. Evidently, it was only the Daily Monitor in possession of the letter.

4. The Police commenced investigations by asking the journalists and the editors of the Monitor to explain how they got the letter and also to avail the letter. However, the Monitor employees declined to cooperate.

5. Subsequently on the 9th of May 2013 the Police summoned the two journalists who were the authors of the story as well as the Managing Director, Monitor Publications Ltd. They reported to CID Headquarters on the 14th of May 2013. However, they refused to co-operate with the Police.

6. Given the lack of co-operation from the editors and journalists of the Monitor Publications Ltd, on 16 May 2013 the Police applied for and obtained an Order from Court compelling the Monitor Publications Ltd to avail not only the document but also state its source. Again the Monitor Publications Ltd declined to respect the court order.

7. Subsequently on the 20th of May 2013, the Police decided to go to court again and, this time obtained a search warrant authorizing the search of the Monitor premises for the letter as well as any other document related to or similar to it.

8. On the 24th of May 2013, the Police was served with a court order canceling the search warrant earlier issued. Noteworthy, the order canceling the search warrant was issued by the same Magistrate who had earlier issued the search warrant. The Police found this to be highly irregular and has challenged the order and the matter is before courts of law.

9. In order to facilitate the continuation and completion of the search, the Police invoked the provisions of S. 27 of the Police Act, which empowers Police to conduct searches without a search warrant.

10. It should be noted that from the time the search commenced, the Police treated the Monitor premises and had them sealed, as a scene of crime, because apart from the letter, certain crimes had been committed by the Monitor Publications Ltd in particular violations of the Official Secrets Act.

11. In the meantime the management of the Monitor Publications Ltd made contact with me and on the 24th and 25th May 2013 the Government and representatives of the Monitor Publications met in an effort to amicably settle the matter.

12. Later on Sunday the 26th of May 2013, the management of the Nation Media Group met H.E the President in Addis Ababa, where he was attending the AU summit, as a follow up to the above mentioned meeting.

13. As a follow up to the undertakings in the meeting between H.E the President and the Nation Media Group, a delegation led by myself met representatives of the Nation Media Group at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On the Government side, the meeting was attended by Hon. Rose Namayanja Nsereko, Minister for Information and National Guidance, Gen. Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Police, Mr. Christopher Gashirabake, the Ag. Solicitor General and Mr. Ofwono Opondo, In-coming Executive Director, Government Media Centre. The Nation Media Group was represented by Dr. Simon Kagugube, Chairman Monitor Publications Ltd and Mr. Linus Gitahi CEO. In the meeting the Media Nation Group made written undertakings to the Government.

Specifically, the following are the highlights:

(i) They highly regretted the story that led to the closure of the Monitor newspaper and KFM and Dembe Radio stations.

(ii) They undertook that the Monitor newspaper will only publish or air stories which are properly sourced, verified and factual.

(iii) They also undertook that the reporting in the Monitor newspaper will always be objective, fair and balanced.

(iv) They undertook to be sensitive to and not publish or air stories that can generate tensions, ethnic hatred, cause insecurity or disturb law and order.

(v) They acknowledged that there had been violations of their editorial policy by their Reporters and Editors in Uganda. They availed us with a copy of their Editorial Policy and undertook to ensure that both the letter and the spirit of the policy are respected.

(vi) They undertook to tighten their internal editorial and gate keeping processes, to ensure that stories that impact especially on national security are subjected to the most rigorous scrutiny and verification process before they run.

(vii) Further they undertook to seek regular interface with the Government of Uganda to ensure that the undertakings they have made will be respected and implemented.

(viii) They undertook to ensure that the Monitor Publications Ltd will observe and comply with the laws of Uganda. In particular they committed themselves to co-operate with the Police on the ongoing investigations.

14. In view of the above mentioned commitments and undertakings by the management of the Nation Media Group/Monitor Publications to the Government; and at the request of the management, the Police has called off the cordon of the Monitor premises so that they resume their normal business as police continue with the search.

Dated at Kampala this _30th_day of_May_2013.

Eng. Hilary Onek (MP)
MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

PS:

Her kommer flere sannheter fram. Denne sagaen er ikke over. Peace!

Sagaen om Prosjekt Muhoozi forsetter (og noen Press releases og andre nyheter)

Jeg har venner i FDC og A4C. Via disse har jeg disse nyhetene. Ikke at dette er interesant for Norsk presse. Av den enkle grunnen til de kjenner ikke til historien til personene som er i sentrum av sagaen. Idag har det blitt gitt beskjed at Kale Kayihura er blitt general, og han er allerede overhode over politiet i Uganda.

Daily Monitor, Red Pepper og 2 radio stasjoner ryktes forsatt å være lukket. Gaten rundt Monitor Media er stengt. Samtidig er det blitt rokkeringer i hæren. General Katumba etter at Sejusa er borte.

Muhoozi project har kommet til pressen og presidenten vil ikke ha noe slikt. Daily Monitor sendte klage til retten, den ble forkastet. Det skal bli satt opp ny høring den 30 Mai. Inntil da ser det kanskje ut som kontorene til avisen vil være stengte – samtidig er statspressen i New Vision i full vigør. Her er offisielle Press-release om saken:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SEARCH OF THE NATION MEDIA GROUP AND PEPPER PUBLICATIONS

Members of the Uganda Police Force this morning cordoned off the premises of the Nation Media Group in Namuwongo and Pepper Publications in Namanve. The FM radio stations – K FM and Dembe FM were taken off-air.

This is to reassure Ugandans that the government is not interfering with press freedom.

The search of the above premises comes on the heels of the utterances made by Gen.David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza which have caused undue excitement. This is being treated as a matter of national security.

However the police is working within the parameters of the law, specifically, section 37 of the Penal Code which bars the publication of information prejudicial to national security.The Police went through the due legal process and secured a court order

which was issued by a court of competent jurisdiction (Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court).There is therefore nothing untoward or surprising about the procedures used, as great care has been taken to follow the law to the letter. For the time being the premises in question are being treated as crime scenes.

As soon as investigations are over

which will be very soon as police is under instructions to handle the matter expeditiously

the premises will be duly handed back to the owners.

About social media

This is also to quash rumours going round that Social Media has been banned or that the platforms are about to be closed. This is not true. There is no plan to switch off or disconnect Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (Mrs)

Minister of Information and National Guidance

Min kommentar på Press release:
For å kommentere dette brevet fra ministeren av Informasjon og nasjonens veiledning. Man kan si at det er en hyggelig form for overtakelse av mediahuset Monitor Media Uganda. Så man kan bare si at hvis man skal kunne påstå at det er relativ media frihet i landet. Da skulle man kunne påstå at slike handlinger er uverdig. President Museveni kunne kanskje på 80 tallet og begynnelsen av 90 tallet å være en man med ønske om demokratiske og frihetstanker til folket. Selv etter å kuppet dette fra Obote II og Yusuf Lule. Derfor kan man lure hva som har skjedd siden 1986 til idag, annet enn at makten har korrupert. For å vise mer galskapen, her er press release fra Politiet:

UGANDA POLICE FORCE
20 May 2013
PRESS RELEASE

Uganda Police, on May 15, 2013, received a Court Order, from the Chief Magistrates Court Nakawa, requiring Daily Monitor journalists to avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a.Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive. The said documents are to help police investigate criminal offences.Daily Monitor Publications was duly served with the Court Order and confirmed receipt by signature.Though multiple requests were made, the organization has adamantly refused to comply with the Court Order leading to issuance of a search warrant by the same Nakawa Magistrates Court.Today, May 20, 2013, in pursuance of the search warrant Daily Monitor premises have been cordoned off in accordance with the Laws of Uganda. In particular, Section 27 of the Police Act.Similarly a search warrant has been secured for Red Pepper premises in respect of the three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa. Uganda Police is currently searching the premises to recover the said press releases.Uganda Police shall continue to occupy and search the two premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations.Uganda Police further requests that all concerned parties cooperate with the police in the execution of the search warrant.
Judith Nabakooba
Police Spokesperson
20/05/2013

Kommentar på denne:
Her forsetter man å forsvare angrepet og hvorfor man gjør det. Man kan si hva man vil. Men vil det forsvare det. Her er det en statement fra den ene avisen Red pepper:

STATEMENT ON CURRENT SITUATION AT RED PEPPER
May 21, 2013
Yesterday morning, we received a search warrant from Magistrate’s Court in Nakawa requiring us to hand over to the police a Press Release that we had received from Gen. David Sejusa’s lawyers and published in the Red Pepper on May 15th 2013.
After consulting with our lawyers, we proceeded to hand over to the police a copy of this same Press Release. The police went ahead and carried out a search of our offices and cordoned of the area. Because of this, we have not been able to publish an edition of Red Pepper and it’s sister papers today.
We are saddened and disappointed that despite us complying with the court’s request, the police have refused to vacate our premises and to allow us to carry on with our work. They insist that they are carrying out more search for documents which they neither told us nor the magistrate who gave them the search warrant.
We have since been informed by our friends in government that this is not about just a Press Release which was distributed to all media in Uganda, but a long term plan orchestrated to cripple Red Pepper economically and disable its capacity to do business in Uganda anymore. We have been informed that the plan is to keep our offices closed for as long as they like, dismantle our new printing press, destroy our computers and servers by installing malicious malware and then hand over the junk when they are satisfied that we have been taken back to the stone age.
We need to remind all Ugandans and the international community that this is not the first time a raid of this nature is happening to Red Pepper. In 2008, men with guns, dressed in military uniform and riding government pick up trucks bombed this same printing press and burnt it down.
The act was captured on CCTV and despite a police investigation; none of the culprits has ever been brought to justice. This latest invasion is therefore another attempt to whet their long held desire to cripple an investment that is employing hundreds of Ugandans. This is a classic case of economic sabotage in which the government turns against a business owned by its citizens.
The Red Pepper is a law-abiding company. We respect the police and the courts of law. But we demand that the police and the courts of law do the same of law adding businesses in this country. There is no justifiable reason why the police and the courts should deny the hundreds of innocent Ugandans who work at The Red Pepper an opportunity to continue earning a living. If there’s a criminal case to pursue, we believe the process can go on without necessarily disabling the operations of a legally established company in Uganda.
We ask that the police and the courts to do their job without interfering with the freedom of the press as enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda.
Richard Tusiime
CEO
The Pepper Publications Limited

Siste Kommentar:
Yes, her er min siste kommentar. Dette viser hvor alvorlig det hele er. Og ikke minst hvor seriøst det hele er. Hvis ikke bildene på forrige bloggen fortalte sitt språk. Burde disse virkelig fortelle en viss sannhet og løgner. Som ikke kan kommenteres. Ikke minst hvor langt en autoritær stat gjør for å bevare sannheter og prosjekter unna sin befolkning. Håper dette var god lesning. Hvis ikke kanskje det åpnet dine øyne litt. Du kan si hva du vil. Men dette er ikke gjort korrekt ei eller av et statsapperat som virkelig vil ha fri presse. Peace.

Daily Monitor Uganda beleiret av politiet idag!

Idag er det ikke pressefrihet i Uganda. Idag er Daily Monitors kontorer i Kampala under streng bevoktning, dette skjer i sammenheng med Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba som er sønnen til President Museveni. I det siste har ryktene svevd om hans overtakelse av farens posisjon. Rykte om PROJECT Muhoozi. Ikke rart er det heller. Siden President Museveni har laget en perfekt kariere til sønnen i UPDF.

Så når Daily Monitor skriver om dette. Så treffer det en nerve hos faren. En far som har kontroll over politiet og militæret. NRM og Museveni gjør alt de kan for å dekke over deres planer om etterfølger til den sittende. Dette uten demokratiske spilleregler. Ikke at Museveni har spilt etter disse. Selv om han lovte dette når han kom til makten i 1986. Sowing the Mustard Seed. Masse løfter, deretter laget en konsitusjon nesten ti år etter hvert tok i fra hverandre slik at han kunne forsatt være president.

At President Museveni vil ha sønnen til å bli hans arvtager burde ikke overraske. Pax Musevenica vil vare. Hvor lenge dette vil vare er ikke lett å vite. Motivasjonen og ønsket til presidenten. Ikke at man kan forvente noe annet av slike planer. Når man vet hvordan mannen med hatten kvittet seg Mobutu Sese Seko, satte inn sin ønskede kandidat Laurent Kabila, senere satt inn Joseph Kabila, den fjerde president siden Belgia hadde makten over det svære DRC.

Idag ser vi hva maktens menn gjør med pressefriheten i Uganda. Den såkalte pressefriheten. I 2009 etter at kongen av Baganda ikke fikk fri reise i landet. Ble folket i Mengo, det kongelige og royalister i Baganda som utfordret de regjerende maktene i landet. Dette gjorde at styresmaktene stengte radio kanaler og andre mediahus for å spre feile visjoner.

Så at de angriper og skal gjennomsjekke kontorene til Daily Monitor er egentlig ikke første eller siste gang myndighetene i Uganda går til angrep på den såkalte pressefriheten. Man kan si så mangt. Man kan skrive så innmari mye. Dessuten kan man påstå at man har frihet. En relativ frihtet. Hvorfor skriver jeg dette. Fordi jeg håper at en person i Norge utenom meg får beskjed om dette. Vi gir mye bistand til landet. Veldig mye bistand. Selv om vi gir nå mer til Malawi enn tidligere! Fordi norske styremakter har støttet NRM siden de fikk makten i 1986. Fordi stabilitet og økonomisk vekst har skaffet en viss trygghet. Samtidig som NRM har ordnet fred i nordlige Uganda. Noe det ikke var tidligere når LRA var der. De er nå Central Afrikanske Republikken. Å er svekket.

Derfor skriver jeg idag at Daily Monitor sine kontorer bli stengt av politi og hæren i Uganda. Ikke fordi NRM viser noe nytt. Museveni har for lengst visst sin virkelige side. Alle de gangene de har ødelagt for FDC og Dr. Kizza Besigye. Alle ganger de har rigget valgene i Uganda. Alle distrikter de økt med for å flytte penger og gi makt til venner av regimet. Samme strategien som Daniel Arap Moi gjorde på 80-tallet i Kenya. Splitt og hersk! Så Museveni har både brukt triksene til Obote og Moi.

Nå er det spennende tider i vente. Man kan i allefall ikke forvente at det står noe sant i New Vision imorra. Ta deg en kopp te og vær takknemlig for pressefriheten i landet vårt!

* Bildene er de som er blitt lagt ut av Daily Monitor på Facebook! Måtte bare spre dem for å vise situasjonen!

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