By Nicholas Mwesigwa
Police mouthpiece yesterday assured the media fraternity, that they will continue occupying Red Pepper offices until they retrieve three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa which the newspaper published.
“Uganda police shall continue to occupy and search the premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations,” she read a statement at the media center.
Below Uganda Police full statement
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.