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Newspaper Editor Charged With Sedition In Uganda

April 12, 1988

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ Newspaper editor John Kakooza appeared in Kampala Magistrate’s Court on sedition charges, while three other senior officers of The Citizen went into hiding fearing they would be arrested.

Kakooza, 32, is accused of writing and publishing a seditious article in the English-language weekly on March 16. It criticized police for a yearlong delay in bringing to trial five men charged with the murder of former government minister Andrew Lutakome Kayiira.

The suspects were arrested 18 days after Kayiira was shot in a Kampala house March 6, 1987. Police say they were robbing the house.

Chief Magistrate Constance Byamugisha on Monday refused to hear Kakooza’s case because the charge sheet was not signed by the public prosecution director. Kakooza, who was arrested last week, was held in custody.

A journalist at his newspaper, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said managing director Michael Kagguua; assistant editor Joseph Kiggundu; and John Kyeyune, production and circulation manager, went into hiding over the weekend.

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