By our reporter

A court case of eight Red Pepper directors and editors has been adjourned to 14th February by the Buganda road court.

The journalists are charged with publishing information prejudicial to national security, libel, and offensive communication.

The publication’s bosses were arrested last year in November as police operatives led by Kampala Metropolitan Commander Frank Mwesigwa cordoned and searched the tabloid’s main offices in Namanve after it published a story that Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni was planning to overthrow his counterpart in Rwanda.

In the recent proceeding, Prosecutor Abdul-Salam Waiswa from the Uganda Communications commission (UCC) asked Buganda Road Court not to release the eight journalists charged with offending President Museveni and his brother Gen Salim Saleh on grounds that their freedom endangers national security

He asked chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda to further remand the eight directors and editors saying if released, they are likely to repeat the offence.

The five directors are; Richard Tusiime (CEO), Patrick Mugumya (CPO), Arinaitwe Rugyendo (CM0), James Mujuni (CCO) and Johnson Musinguzi Byarabaha (CFO).

The editors are; Ben Byarabaha (Managing Editor), Richard Kintu (News Editor) and Tumusiime Francis Tinywana (Bwino Newspaper Editor who doubles as General Manager).

These appeared for the first time in court on November 27th, where they were read the charges and through their lawyers Max Mutabingwa and Geoffrey Kandeebe applied to be released on bail.

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