Friday April 21 2017

Kaweesi probe: Kayihura wants media gagged

Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.

Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura. File photo 



The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, through the Attorney General, has sued four media houses and their editors for publishing stories about the investigations of the murder of the former police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

The sued media houses include The Red Pepper and three online media houses including, The Investigator, Chimp Reports, and The Ugandan. In a civil suit in High Court Kampala, the Attorney General basing on Gen Kayihura’s affidavit, said the publication of Kaweesi’s investigations injure national security.

“That the plaintiff is seeking a declaration that the publications so far made by the defendants and intended future publications are not only injurious to the investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi but also injurious to the national security of Uganda and the plaintiff seek an injunction restraining the defendants any further series…,” the court document reads in part.

The AG also wants the four media houses pay for general damages and cost of the suit incurred.
“Wherefore the plaintiff prays to this honourable court for:... a permanent injunction to restrain the defendants jointly and severally from publishing and using the confidential information of the plaintiff or any part thereof,” reads the court document dated April 19.

On March 17, unknown gunmen shot dead the police human resource director, Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver as they were driving from Kulambiro, a city suburb.

Police have never issued an official statement on who was behind the shooting, type of guns used and names of those they have arrested.