Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn charges against Red Pepper Publications’ Directors and Editors.
Last November, the eight directors and editors were arrested and accused of publishing and distribution of newspaper story lines that injured the reputations of President Museveni, his brother Gen Salim Saleh and security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, which publication allegedly subjected the three people to hatred, contempt and ridicule.
They include; Richard Tusiime, Johnson Musinguzi, Patrick Mugumya, and Arinatwe Rugyendo. Others are Richard Kintu, Ben Byarabaha, Francis Tumusiime and James Mujuni.
It is alleged that the group through the Red Pepper newspaper published a story titled ‘Museveni plans to overthrow Kagame’, a story that ridiculed president Museveni and also disturbed his peace.
The accused have been discharged by Buganda Road Court and the file closed.