Kayihura sues journalists, media houses over Kaweesi murder investigations

IGP Kale Kayihura sue media houses
The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura addressing a press conference about the importance of community policing at the police headquarters at Parliamentary avenue in Kampala. Courtesy Photo/Abubaker Lubowa.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura has sued journalists and four media companies for allegedly compromising National security.

The media houses include Red Pepper, The Investigator, The Ugandan and Chimp Reports. Kayihura jointly sues the media houses with their editors in chief. They are Dickson Kagurusi, Giles Muhame and Stanley Ndawula.

Through the Attorney General, Kayihura accuses the media houses and their editors of securing confidential information on the investigations into the murder of former police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

In his civil suit number 173 of 2017 filed before the  High court civil division, Kayihura claims that the defendants obtained confidential documents into the murder investigations of Kaweesi and National security without clearance from government.

“That the published information details internal matters of the investigations, National importance and security, documents and decisions/recommendations made in the day to day running of the investigation and security matters in Uganda,” reads the application in part.

He wants court to issue an injunction refraining the media from publishing any articles relating to the ongoing investigations into Kaweesi’s murder.

Kayihura also wants court to declare that the publications and intended publications of the defendants are injurious to the ongoing investigations, national security and prejudicial to the workings of Security Agencies of Uganda.

The application also wants a permanent injunction to refrain all media companies and houses from publishing and using confidential information of government or any other part therefore. Court has given the defendants 14 days to file their defense before court hears the application.

Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down by two men riding on a motorcycle together with his body guard Kenneth Erau and Driver, Godfrey Mambewo on March 17th minutes after leaving Kaweesi’s home in Kulambiro in Nakawa division, Kampala.