Police, Daily Monitor Meeting

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The Police and officials from the Monitor Publications are set for a meeting to resolve a standoff that could see Uganda’s biggest private media house reopened almost a week after they were shut down.

The Police and officials from the Monitor Publications are set for a meeting to resolve a standoff that could see Uganda’s biggest private media house reopened almost a week after they were shut down.
 
A source within the police told Uganda Radio Network the meeting is to take place at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where the Monitor officials will be expected to hand over some of the documents the police have been looking for. Leading the police team is Godfrey Musana, the deputy director of criminal investigations.
 
On Monday this week, the police raided Monitor offices in Namuwongo, Kampala and the Red Pepper premises in Namanve, after securing a search warrant to look for a copy of the letter written by General David Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services. KFM and Dembe, two radio stations owned by Nation Media Group and housed at the Monitor premises, also remain closed.
 
Sejusa’s letter written on April 29 but first published in the Daily Monitor on May 7th, alleges a plan by President Yoweri Museveni to fast-track his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to the presidency and assassinating those opposed to the plan. It is the publication of the contents of this letter that led to the raid on media houses.
 
Three days after the closure, Monitor lawyers secured a court order to have the police thrown out of the media house, but it turned into a game as the lawyers failed to serve the order on the police for almost two days. But now information coming in shows that the two parties are set to meet to resolve the standoff.
 
Ann Abeja, the Monitor Corporation Secretary, when contacted on phone said she was in a meeting and declined to give more details.
 
At Namuwongo, meanwhile, the media house remains closed with heavy police deployment still visible.
 
More details to come….