Three television presenters working for Next Media Services have been remanded to Kitalya Prison until October 15, 2021 on charges of offensive communication and criminal libel.
Isaac Kawalya Ssemulondo aka Kays, Bryan Kennedy Waako and Williams Makuliro are accused of repeatedly attacking artiste Mr Emmanual Ssuuna alias Omulangira Ssuuna- on television.
Ibrahim Tusubira alias Isma Olaxess, who is also accused of the same offences was on the run by press time.
Three of the accused were Friday charged in Buganda Road Magistrate Court and consequently remanded.
According to the charges, ‘‘the accused committed the crime on August 27, 2021 while at Sanyuka Television, Next Media Services Ltd in Kampala City.’’
They are being accused of allegedly talking about Mr Ssuuna’s family, his financial status and claiming that he’s ever tormented by evil spirits.
Mr Charles Twiine, the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) spokesperson, told reporters that the case file was sanctioned and they were produced in court where they were remanded until October 15, 2021.
“Journalists and people in the media should be careful when talking about people in the media to avoid making statements that are criminal in nature. These four presenters made repeatedly offensive statements on television despite caution from the complainants,” ASP Twiine said.
“They were warned but continued to repeat the statement,” he added.
Although he’s on the run, Mr Twiine said efforts to hunt for Isma Olaxess were underway since he is part of the suspects on the sanctioned file.