Tinyefuza Saga Deepens As CIID Storm Monitor Offices
The Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID) have summoned some Daily Monitor editorial staffs over recent articles published by the newspaper regarding claims by the Coordinator of Intelligence Organs, Gen David Sejusa (Tinyefuza), that some army officers opposed to Brig Keinerugaba Muhoozi’s rise to presidency were targeted for assassination.
CIID officials today stormed the daily’s office in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, where they asked to meet the Managing Editor, Don Wanyama and two reporters, Risdel Kasasira and Richard Wanambwa, who have been covering the Tinyefuza controversy in recent weeks.
“It is true, CIID summoned us for interrogation. They came here at 10:00am and wanted to meet us but I was in a meeting with upcountry bureau chiefs. Kasasira and Wanambwa were in the field. So our legal department advised that CIID should reschedule to Tuesday next week and they agreed,” Wanyama told this website on Friday.
According to the summons served to Monitor, CIID claims it is investigating claims made by Tinyefuza that those opposed to the “Muhoozi Project” were set to be killed.
“And since we published the story, CIID wants us to cooperate in the investigation. We are law-abiding citizens. We shall go to CIID on Tuesday,” said Wanyama.
Observers say attempting to coerce sections of the media to “cooperate” in an investigation by the army and security services is a clear assault on media freedom.
Tinyefuza does not deny speaking to the Daily.
The General’s recent remarks have touched off a storm in the army.
Chief of Defence Forces Gen Aronda Nyakairima and Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga have separately denied the existence of the plot to eliminate army officers.
In a statement to Parliament on Thursday, Kiyonga downplayed the allegations, saying “There is no such plan that we are aware of to assassinate certain people.
“I would like to assure this August House and the country at large that there has not been and there will never be such criminal acts of senior members of Government and the army conspiring to frame their colleagues or indeed anyone in the population,” said Kiyonga.
“The UPDF and the NRM have clear track record. Such underhand and criminal methods have never been the way these institutions work.”