Police raid Red Pepper offices

Officers from the Counter Terrorism unit raid Red Pepper offices in Namanve, Mukono District. Courtesy photo

Police led by Kampala Metropolitan commander, Frank Mwesigwa on Tuesday raided Red Pepper head office in Namanve, Mukono District and ordered staff out before they started ransacking it.

A search warrant, a copy of which was seen by Daily Monitor, was signed by the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court and says items to be searched included “….laptops, desk tops, CPUs, computer accessories (electronics) and any other document related to Red Paper news publication vol.17 no.152 of Monday, November, 2017.”

The Court order to search the Red Pepper premises was sought by one Henry Peter Walya, an Assistant Inspector of Police.

"The RedPepperUG is currently under siege by the Counter Terrorism unit of the @PoliceUg & @metropolitanpoliceug," said the paper's company secretary, Mr Arinaitwe Rugyendo on his twitter handle.

Red Pepper management said on their social media platforms that staff were also ordered to handover phones, iPads and laptops to be searched.

"Police have told some of our staff members to stay behind because they are going to search their homes as well," says Mr Patrick Mugumya, the chief operations officer, Pepper Publications group.