Police believe the original letter allegedly authored by General David Sejusa is still at The Daily Monitor premises after the Director General Internal Security Organisation – ISO swore an affidavit denying receipt of the same.
This is the basis of the raid on the premises of Uganda’s biggest private newspaper and closure of its two sister radio stations. A team of police officers today morning sealed off the headquarters of the Monitor Publications Ltd in Namuwongo and the Red Pepper premises in Namanve to conduct a search.
The letter first came into the public domain after Daily Monitor published a story quoting contents of the said letter on May 7 2013. In the letter, General Sejusa commonly known as Tinyefuza, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, says there is a plan to eliminate people opposed to President Yoweri Museveni’s move to have his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba, succeed him.
He also says the attack on Mbuya Barracks in March this year was stage-managed by some top military leaders to frame some people within government, including Sejusa himself and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi among others. The decorated General wanted these allegations investigated by ISO.
Sejusa’s letter was addressed to the President through the ISO director general. But according to police, the ISO director general Colonel Ronnie Barya denied ever receiving the letter dated April 29.
Police continue to occupy both the Monitor and Red Pepper offices having declared them crime scenes. Detectives led by Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Godfrey Musana, spent the day searching the two premises looking for the letter. Musana was accompanied by Simon Kuteesa, the Commissioner in charge of the Media Desk and Fred Milondo, the Commissioner in charge of the Political Desk.
The raid means both media houses will not have their dailies, the Red Pepper and Daily Monitor respectively, on the streets tomorrow. The Red Pepper has already announced it.
Jimmy Serugo, one of the Monitor Directors explained that the police search started in the production department and later sealed off The Monitor printer, dashing hopes of the newspaper coming out tomorrow.
Serugo said the police had declared the premises a crime scene and were still demanding that the media house produce the original letter.