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First Lady sues Monitor

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By Vision Reporter

Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni Wednesday sued the Daily Monitor Newspaper for defamation.

Mrs. Museveni who is also the Karamaja Affairs minister is demanding for an apology.

The First lady asserts that in three different publications in the month of May, 2012, the paper published articles portraying her as a fraudster who was involved in land grabbing in the Karamoja region.

Through her lawyers, Kiwanuka and Karugire Company Advocates, the First Lady contends that the allegations are completely false, yet the paper went ahead to publish the same which injured her character in the eyes of the right-hand thinking members of the public.

The Monitor Newspaper has 15 days to file their defense. The matter has been allocated to High Court judge Benjamin Kabiito.

Her lawyers said the May 12, 2012 article titled; “Karamoja leaders accuse First family of land grabbing” was intended to malign the First Lady as being involved in “fraudulent acquisition of land and illegal mineral extraction in Karamoja.”

The lawyers quoted part of the article that: “The MPs claimed that 6,130 hectares of land measuring 15,325 acres located in Kimcharin, Moruita Sub-county, in Nakapiripirit District, have been sold and leased to a company called Feronia Uganda Ltd, while 2001 hectares have been sold and leased to another entity, Pro-Solutions Limited at sh140 without consent of the customary land rights owners.

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