Court sets free Red Pepper journalist


Sadati Waligo in police uniform

Lyantonde court on Thursday set free Sadati Waligo, a Red Pepper journalist who is charged with libel.

Libel is the publication of a false statement or a defamatory statement that exposes a person to contempt, disrespect, hatred, or ridicule.

Waligo, who corresponds from Kamunye, a vernacular tabloid, was remanded to Kakondo prison on Tuesday on charges of libel contrary to section 179 of the Penal Code Act.

He is accused of defaming Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner Tuguragara Matojo in an article that claimed the former Radio West presenter stole cows belonging to former East African Affairs minister, the late Eriya Kategeya.

Waligo re-appeared before court on Thursday and was granted a non-cash bond of Shs500,000 by Tadeo Muinda, the Lyantonde Grade One Magistrate.

His sureties Paul Ssekandi, the Chairperson of Lyantonde Journalists Association and Nuliat Namulema executed non-cash bond of Shs 2m each.

He is scheduled to appear in court on July 6th 2016 for hearing.

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