Sunday May 26 2013

Day seven: Daily Monitor premises still surrounded by police


Seven days later, Daily Monitor premises are still occupied by armed police officers despite a court order directing them to quit the building.

Mr Alex Asiimwe, the Managing Director of Monitor Publications said on Sunday that negotiations with authorities over the matter are ongoing.

“We are still engaging the authorities. Our view is that this will come to an end sooner than later,” Mr Asiimwe said.

On Monday last week, policemen surrounded the offices of the company, bringing its operations to a halt.

Instead of sticking to the order—searching as stated in the search warrant, police officers switched off the Daily Monitor printing press and disabled the company’s internet servers as well as stopping all employees from accessing the building.

They also shut down KFM and Dembe FM—both radio stations owned by Monitor Publications and housed in the same Namuwongo premises.

The Red Pepper, a local tabloid located, Namanve, near Kampala city also met similar treatment.

The raid on the two media houses was prompted by the attention they gave to a letter that was written by Gen. David Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services to the Director General of Internal Security Organisation Col. Ronnie Balya, asking the intelligence agency to investigate claims that there are plots to assassinate top government officials opposed to the “Muhoozi Project.”

The project, according to the dossier allegedly intends to prepare the First son and head of the Special Forces Brig. Muhoozi Keinerugaba succeed President Yoweri Museveni.