Jailed Red Pepper publications editor misses Makerere exams

Red Pepper publications editors denied bail
Red Pepper Publication suspects in Court. Richard Kintu (2nd right) in court yesterday

A Red Pepper editor who is among those currently on remand at Luzira prison will miss Makerere University end of first semester examinations that kicked off on Monday.

Richard Kintu is among the seven Red Pepper Publications Limited directors and editors who were arrested last week when police raided their premises.

Kintu, the deputy chief editor who has been working with The Red Pepper for nearly 10 years, is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce course at Makerere University. He enrolled for the four-year programme this academic year.

According to Makerere University examination rules, a student who misses examination must write to Academic Registrar with justifiable reasons.

And when a student misses to sit examinations for justified reasons, the rules say grades obtained after sitting examination shall not be recorded as a retake because the candidate is sitting the examinations for the first attempt.

The five directors and three editors on Monday appeared before Buganda Road chief magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda. They were charged with seven counts including publication of information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication.

They denied all the charges.

Kintu was charged together chief editor Ben Byarabaha, Francis Tumusiime and company directors; Richard Tusiime , Arinaitwe Rugyendo, James Mujuni, Patrick Mugumya and Johnson Byarabaha.

They were remanded to Luzira until Tuesday next week after Abdu Salaam Waiswa, the state prosecutor requested that he wanted time to respond to the bail application filed by the accused.

Waiswa who was hired from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) following the state prosecutors’ strike, told court that he needed time to scrutinise documents presented by sureties.

Waiswa’s request came after the bail application by the accused lawyer Maxim Mutabingwa. Mutabingwa told court that the charges read against his clients are bailable and that since the investigations are not complete, the trial may not kick off soon.

He also told court that all the accused are directors or editors who stay in Kampala and are law-abiding citizens. Each of the accused had presented two sureties.