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Two journalists remanded over MPs' corruption story

Dickson Ashley Mubiru and Alirabaki Ssengoba in the dock

Dickson Ashley Mubiru and Alirabaki Ssengoba in the dock

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's court has remanded two journalists to Luzira prison for allegedly publishing information without a valid broadcasting license.

Dickson Ashley Mubiru, managing director of Grapevine News Publications and Alirabaki Ssengoba, a reporter at Grapevine were arraigned before chief magistrate, Ronald Kayizzi on Thursday on two separate cases.

The prosecution alleges that Mubiru and Sengooba and others still at large, on June 1, 2024, in Kampala district published a story titled  "Inside story; How top legislators shared 5 million dollar Vitol Oil bribe" in Grapevine without a valid license from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

On another file, the prosecution alleges that on May 15, 2023, the Grapevine within Kampala published a story titled "Lawyer Kabali, justice Nkonge clash over court case file" without a valid operating license from UCC. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.

State attorney, Ivan Kyazze told the court that investigations in the matter are still ongoing. Sengooba and Mubiru's lawyer Nasser Kibazo wasn't ready to apply for bail, saying he didn't have the necessary documentation. He asked for a shorter adjournment to apply for bail until June 21.

Following the said story about justice Rugadya and lawyer Kalali, the judiciary issued a press statement denying any clash between the two.

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+2 #1 WADADA rogers 2024-06-21 07:58
So who was the complainant
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+2 #2 kabayekka 2024-06-21 10:13
It is clear that to have a valid broadcasting license in this country journalists must only write nice things that are happening in government business.

However, many big businesses in these modern digital times all over the civilized world encourage the public to send forward their complaints or customer advice so that they are able to improve more on their services to the public. Good Public Relation is significant indeed.

This sort of good attitude indeed helps both parties to live in harmony. African governments and their judiciary of political cadres should stop the old adage of taking the governed to prison on any small item. "Mbu tolaba bakulu mukamwa."
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+1 #3 kabayekka 2024-06-21 21:56
Such journalists should not be thrown into prison. Most civilized countries provide community service work to the guilty ones as they continue to make a living and to pay their national taxes.

Does the URA terminate income taxation on self employed imprisoned culprits who are constantly thrown into secure prisons for ages for any suspicious adult activity?
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