Ugandan police on Wednesday arrested news paper vendors selling the Red Pepper’s ‘Freedom’ issue produced from the ‘bush’. The force early this week shut down the media house.
The Red Pepper and Daily Monitor reported a falling out among army generals over whether the president’s son is to succeed him.
Police continued for a third day to search the offices of The Daily Monitor and Red Pepper.
Two radio stations Dembe and KFM in the Monitor’s offices also remain off air.
However, the Red Pepper printed a “bush” version of the newspaper, with police arresting vendors selling it.
“We have taken in some vendors for questioning because what they were doing was illegal,” police spokesman Ibn Senkumbi said, although he could not confirm how many had been arrested.
But the Red Pepper says it would continue to print.
However, Red Pepper maintains it is determined to ensure that it fulfills the promise to keep Ugandans informed with the truth.
The raids come after the two printed a leaked confidential memo by a senior army general, David Sejusa Tinyefuza, alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him and plotting to assassinate those opposed to the plan.
Several other generals have condemned Tinyefuza’s memo.
Police searched the stall of newspaper vendor Mariza Musoke, finding no copies of the paper, but arrested three of her colleagues.
“Police had bundles of newspapers they had confiscated,” she said.
The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists and France-based Reporters Without Borders have both criticised the closure of the newspapers.