Monitor Publications Limited and the Editor has apologized to His Majesty the Kabaka, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Cabinet and officials of Buganda Kingdom for publishing a story claiming that the kingdom fell out with US embassy in Kampala for failing to account for USD250,000 Kasubi tombs funds.
In a letter dated 22nd April 2020, the kingdom, through its Attorney General Christopher Bwanika says the Daily Monitor story that was published on page 2 column 2 under the title ‘How US fallout with Mengo froze Kasubi Tombs Funds’ was ‘blantantly false, twisted and wholly malicious’.
Buganda further states that, “Prior to your publication of the false and malicious article, your journalist threatened the kingdom of Buganda to publish an injurous article regarding a grant the US embassy awarded the kingdom of Buganda. The threat is contained in a WhatApp conversation with senior kingdom officials.”
Buganda says that the writer of the story ‘menacingly presented altered documents’ which the kingdom officials challenged and clearly pointed out the falsehoods in the documents. The letter reads.
“True to what he promised and set out to do, he proceeded to write a false and injurious article, which you published claiming that the US awarded the kingdom 250,000 USD whereas the award was just USD5,000 which was not utilised and was returned as was duly explained and accounted for at the material time,” Buganda notes.
Buganda now wants Daily Monitor to pay them Shs.5bn for the injury and suffering caused.
“The Kingdom of Buganda holds you liable in damages reckoned to be over Uganda Shillings 5,000,000,000 for the injury and suffering caused to its people. We therefore demand that Monitor Publications Limited and the Editor admit liability to pay damages and forthwith, withdraw the false story and publish a prominent apology to the Kabaka of Buganda, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Cabinet and officials of Buganda Kingdom and the people of Buganda at large,” the letter further reads.