Buganda road court has convicted the managing editor of Hello Newspaper for publishing defamatory stories against Captain Mike Mukula.
Francis Tumusiime alias Tinywana is either to serve 12 months in prison on two accounts or pay shs 1M cash over publishing defamatory stories against Capt Mike George Mukula and his family.
Tinywana has been battling a defamatory case at Buganda road court vide Criminal case No 0374 of 2016 where he was sued by Capt Mike Mukula.
According to the court judgment written by Buganda Road court chief magistrate His Worship Kareman Jamson, court faulted the editor saying that he had no respect for the complainant who is a public figure and damaged his reputation which would affect his political standing.
Prosecution says on July 20 2014 within Kampala district with intent to defame Mukula, the accused unlawfully published an article titled “Wife warns Mukula over another gal” in Hello Daily Newspaper of 20th July 2014 at pages 1 and 2.
The editor also alleged that Mukula had had an extra marital love affair with a one Rachael Bushomero which was false.
The complainant says as a result his reputation was damaged by exposing him to contempt and ridicule among members of the public.
Gladys Mukula Namusoke, the wife of the deputy NRM chairman of eastern region, disclosed to Buganda Road court presided over by Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani that their marriage has lasted for 35 years.
“If it is said that Mukula has a girlfriend, then I would be surprised because our marriage has lasted for long,” she said.
She was being cross-examined by lawyer Max Mutabingwa in a case, where Tumusiime, 41, is battling charges of libel over a published article titled ‘Wife nabs Mukula with MUK gal’.
According to Mukula, the said article purports that he had an extramarital love affair with Racheal Naijuka aka Tania which, he said was false and damages his reputation by exposing him to contempt or ridicule among members of the public.
Naijuka is the academic registrar of Uganda Aviation School which is owned by Mukula.
According to Namusoke, she last went to Soroti in March 2013, adding that she read the defamatory story when she was at the Electoral Commission (EC) along Jinja road.
The author of the story further states that upon nabbing Naijuka, Namusoke pulled her out of the house, rebuked her from the compound, saying “Tania had become pain in my family. I shall call Mukula’s family for an emergency meeting to talk about the matter”