Police Raid, Shut Down Uganda Newspaper

Part of conflict between army leader, president


Ugandan police disabled an independent newspaper's printing press after forcibly entering its premises to look for evidence against an army general who recently questioned the president's alleged plan to have his son succeed him, witnesses said Monday.

Alex Asiimwe, the newspaper's managing director, said in a statement that the company was "horrified by this act."

About 50 plainclothes police forced their way into the Daily Monitor's premises in the capital, Kampala, and prevented all journalists from leaving, said Henry Ochieng, the newspaper's political editor.