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Kadaga Sues Red Pepper For Alleged Defamation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kadaga Sues Red Pepper For Alleged Defamation

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has sued the Red Pepper Publications claiming she was defamed by a story published in September last year.The said story ran in the Sunday Pepper on September 9, 2012 under the headline \'More 300 tycoons lose property over debts- National Exclusive\'. Also sued are the editor in chief, Richard Tusiime and the reporter who filed the story, Isaac Tugume.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has sued the Red Pepper Publications claiming she was defamed by a story published in September last year.

 

Kadaga, in her suit filed before the High Court in Kampala on Wednesday, claims the published story purportedly depicted her as a financially indebted person unfit to hold the office of Speaker.

 

The controversial story ran in the Sunday Pepper on September 9, 2012 under the headline 'More 300 tycoons lose property over debts- National Exclusive'.

 

Also sued are the editor in chief, Richard Tusiime and the reporter who filed the story, Isaac Tugume.

 

The story in question allegedly stated that Kadaga was on the brink of losing her hotel under construction in Kamuli, over failure to service a loan. The story listed her among a number of prominent Ugandans chocking under the weight of debt, saying she had spent seven years constructing it.

 

Kadaga further claims that the story portrayed her as a corrupt person who is irresponsible, and that she was about to lose her hotel to auctioneers due to debts.

 

She contends that the story has lowered her reputation in the eyes of the right thinking members of the society.

 

She further says her reputation has been ruined both locally and internationally, for which she is demanding that the publication be permanently restrained from any further reports linked to her financial situation.

 

Kadaga is demanding that court orders the publication to publish a withdrawal statement, and an apology.

 

Court is yet to summon the management of the tabloid newspaper to file in their defense before a hearing date can be fixed.

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