Mbabazi Sues 3 Publications for Alleged Defamation

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Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has sued three local newspaper publications for allegedly defaming him in their respective articles that ran on different dates. Mbabazi sued The Daily Monitor, The East African and The Red Pepper before the High Court in Kampala on Friday.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has sued three local newspaper publications for allegedly defaming him in their respective articles that ran on different dates.

Mbabazi sued The Daily Monitor, The East African and The Red Pepper before the High Court in Kampala on Friday.

Daily Monitor, a Nation Media Group newspaper, was sued for its May 7 story that ran under the headline ‘Police quiz Mbabazi over NRM party cash’, written by Richard Wanambwa.

Core to the police investigation and the subsequent running of the story is an allegation that Mbabazi had received money meant for the NRM party but did not declare the donations to the party.
He denies the allegations.

The East African, which is also owned by the Nation media group, has been sued for its story entitled ‘Mbabazi on his way out, NRM insiders predict.’The story ran on May 14 and was authored by Edmund Kizito.

The story was based on an allegation that Mbabazi had fallen out with President Yoweri Museveni. The story claimed that Mbabazi was soon to follow in the footsteps of the former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya who was sent to jail after being dropped from cabinet in May last year.

Red Pepper, which is a privately owned a tabloid in nature, has been sued for its series of articles it published on Mbabazi accusing him of acquiring various multibillion buildings in the city.

According to the premier who is also the NRM Secretary General, the various articles published by the above newspapers are not true and are defamatory.

He claims that the various articles depicted him before the right thinking people in society as being corrupt, a suspicious character, a crook, unreliable, and a gambler among others for which he is now holding the respective newspapers liable.

The Kinkiizi West MP claims to have served in government in various capacities and that his good reputation has now been ruined because of the alleged defamatory articles.

Through his lawyers of Mugisha and Company Advocates, Mbabazi is seeking from each newspaper; general damages for libel, punitive and aggravated damages, and an appropriate apology with the same prominence as the alleged offending article.

He also wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the named newspapers from further publication of any alleged defamatory articles against him and costs of the suit.