A journalist working for Kamunye, a sister tabloid of Red Pepper Publications spent nights at Kakondo prison in Lyantonde district after being charged with criminal libel.
Libel is the publication of a false statement or a defamatory statement that exposes a person to contempt, disrespect, hatred, or ridicule.
It can happen in printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
Sadati Waligo, at the start of the week, appeared before Grade One Magistrate Tadeo Muyinda who charged him with publishing a story defaming Lyantonde Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Sulaiman Tiguragara Matojo.
Published in Kamunye, the Luganda newspaper and posted on his social media, Facebook account on January 17, Waligo alleged that Matojo was involved in the theft of cows from the late Uganda’s first deputy prime minister and minister for East African Community Affairs, Eriya Kategaya’s farm in Buyaga village, Mpumudde sub-county.
He claimed that over 200 cows had disappeared from the farm since Kategaya’s death in March 2, 2013.
Kategeya’s widow, Diana Karungi Kategaya allegedly accused Matojo upon which Frank Tumwebaze, then Minister for the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) threatened to arrest the RDC.
The RDC denied the alelgations and rushed the journalist to court.
Waligo was denied bail and remanded to Kakondo prison until today June 23 when he returns to court.