Ugandan cops raid papers, radio station

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Kampala - Ugandan police raided two newspaper offices and a radio station on Monday, after reports on a falling out among army generals over whether the president's son is to succeed him.

"We are seeing policemen wielding guns but no one is giving us a communication on what is happening," said Alex Asimwe, managing director of The Daily Monitor, one of the country's main daily newspapers.

The raids come after newspapers printed a leaked confidential memo by a senior 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 - among them police chief Kale Kayihura, Chief of Defence Aronda Nyakirima and Museveni's brother Salim Saleh - condemned Tinyefuza's stance.

But Elly Tumwine, the most senior military figure in the country after Museveni himself, broke ranks by saying there should be no rush to condemn Tinyefuza and that he should be allowed to tell his side of the story.

Tumwine was joined by Greg Mugisha-Muntu, another general and former army commander.

The radio station KFM, owned like the Monitor by the Nation Media Group and in the same building, was also caught up in the raid.

Police also raided the offices of The Red Pepper newspaper, which said "heavily armed" police had told staff that they "are not allowed to leave the premises and no one is allowed in".

There was no immediate reaction from Uganda's police.

Read more on:    muhoozi kainerugaba  |  yoweri museveni  |  uganda  |  media  |  east africa

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