Friday, June 4, 2010

Former Vice President sues News Paper

By HRNJ-Uganda News Team
Former vice President Dr. Specioza Wandera Kazibwe has dragged the Independent Magazine to court claiming damages arising from the alleged defamatory article published in the magazine issue 105 on 28th/April/2010. The article in question carried a story under title “Kazibwe squanders SACCO’s (President Museveni’s Prosperity for All Project) 300 million shillings leaving Busoga region poor”

The Independent Magazine started by journalist Andrew Mwenda two years ago is one of the few private news papers operating in Uganda. Mwenda the managing editor of the Magazine has more than 20 cases before court.

The story which was carried on the front page of the magazine in full color with Kazibwe’s portrait, further exposed Kazibwe’s wrong deeds while holding different public offices particularly in 2003 when she was a minister in-charge of Agriculture and she caused a loss of 4 billion shillings to the people of Uganda in the failed Valley Dam project.

The 300 million shillings allegedly embezzled was meant for raising standards of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Busoga region.

Through her Lawyer Nile Law Chambers Advocates and Solicitors, Kazibwe argued that the story portrayed her as a corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent who is unfit to head the Microfinance project, adding that the article allegedly accused her for frustrating President Museveni’s Prosperity for All.

She’s seeking permanent injunction restraining the Magazine from further publication of defamatory articles.

Early 2000, Kazibwe was paid tax payers money 2.5 billion shillings to sturdy in Harvard University upon being left out in the cabinet she was then serving as the vice president and was appointed presidential advisor on Micro finance after she returned two years ago.
High court civil division gave Independent magazine a deadline of 15 days to file its defense.

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
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P.O. Box. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
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