The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) has summoned seven journalists with online publications to record statements on charges of criminal libel and offensive communications. The seven are accused of publishing bank details of the outgoing Bank of Uganda Supervision Director, Ms Justine Bagyenda, early this year.
The sven journalist are Mr. Richard Wanambwa of Eagle Online, Mr. Giles Muhame of Chimp Reports, Mr. Deo Senono (Business Focus). Others are Darius Mugisha (Matooke Republic), Mr. Andrew Irumba (Spy Uganda), and John Njoroge (CEO Magazine)
The media houses allegedly published Ms Bagyenda’s leaked bank, mobile money details and photographs of her alleged property.
Mr. Vincent Ssekatte, the spokesperson of CID, confirmed the summonses to the seven journalists. “Its true the summonses have been issued and they are to be delivered to the journalists by the day (Thursday). They are to appear on Tuesday next week,” Mr. Ssekatte said Thursday
In summonses dated May 9, written and signed by the deputy director of CID in charge of financial crimes, Mr William Katyotyo, the journalists will appear at CID headquarters in Kibuli at 10 am to assist in providing valuable information in respect to the matter being investigated
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating cases of libel contrary to section 179 and 180 of the Penal Code Act…and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011,” Mr. Katyotyo wrote to each of the seven journalists.
Katyotyo ordered each of the seven journalists to come with certificate of incorporation of their online publication company, company licence, articles of association, authorization from UGANDA communication commission (UCC) to operate an online publication, details of location of the business and particulars of the company directors.