The Makindye magistrates’ court has asked the state to speed up its investigations into the case against two editors of the Daily Monitor accused of forging the President’s signature.
Daniel Kalinaki, the Managing Editor of Daily Monitor and Henry Ochieng the Sunday Monitor Editor appeared before magistrate Rosemary Bareebe on Monday and had their bail extended to April 27, 2010 when the case comes up for further mention.
The court issued the order after the Assumpta Kemigisha Ssebunya, the lawyer to the editors expressed concern that the matter is dragging on for too long since July 2009.
Lawyer Asumpta says the government of Uganda claims that investigations are still ongoing, yet the accused are expected to suffer the inconvenience of reporting to Court continuously.
This is the fourth time the case is being mentioned since the editors were charged in August last year with forgery, after publishing the contents of a leaked presidential letter in the Sunday Monitor of 2nd August 2009.
Prosecution say that the editors altered president Museveni’s letter titled ‘Guidance on the Bunyoro /Bafuruki question ‘ when they rewrote the word Bahima instead of Bahuma.