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DEFAMED GCW TAYEBWA AVOIDS WAR WITH COMPANY & INSTEAD GOES AFTER INDIVIDUAL NEWS REPORTERS

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By Joel Mugabi

Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa has avoided the complex war with the giant that Nation Media Group (NMG) is and has opted to isolate individual reporters and is proceeding to file civil defamation suits against them within the next seven days.

Through his lawyers of Ortus Advocates, GCW Tayebwa is demanding retraction of statements in a story titled ‘Nabbanja, Tayebwa Fill Offices with Relatives,’ which ran in Sunday Monitor issue number 262 on September 19, 2021. Tayebwa, the Ruhinda North MP, also wants the Namuwongo-based publication to issue an apology for the “sensational and libellous statements.”

Tayebwa’s lawyers have addressed their demands to Daily Monitor Managing Editor Tabu Butagira and reporter Stephen Kafeero whose story the politician from Mitooma says is “full of shocking, reckless and defamatory statements and constitutes libel per se.” The notice is also copied to Daily Monitor Managing Director Tony Glencross and NMG General Manager, Editorial, Daniel Kalinaki.

“Hon Tayebwa is quite frankly dismayed by the depth and outright lies you published with the aim of tarnishing his name and misleading the public as to his integrity and candour for your material and nefarious benefit,” reads a notice from Ortus Advocates in part. “The story is full of false, defamatory, destructive and replete with downright fabrications which you fully know to be untrue, thereby exposing you to liability for damages.”

In the same notice, the Chief Whip’s lawyers set the record straight, noting that contrary to what Kafeero wrote, Muruhura Moses, Atuheire Annah and Muheebwa Henry are not relatives of Tayebwa as alleged in the “patently false” story.

They also add that Tayebwa is “not in any way involved in the recruitment and appointment of staff in Parliament,” and that questions on this matter should have been best answered by the Parliamentary Commission to which the GCW is not a member.

Ortus Advocates further argue that Kafeero did not do due diligence required of a journalist but “aimed at maximising the reputational damage to our Client [Tayebwa] and that his conduct “showed a pre-determined mind, devoid of, unwilling or unable to interrogate facts and write a balanced story.”

The Chief Whip’s lawyers added: “He only contacted our Client regarding this story on Saturday, the September 18th 2021 at 11:03 am. Our Client shared the contact of the Director in the Office of the Leader of Government Business and also guided that he would be in a better position to provide the required information regarding this sensitive matter. Mr. Kafeero was disdainful and ignored this guidance and instead went ahead to publish the defamatory information by 3pm on the same day.”

In his demands, Tayebwa wants Daily Monitor, Butagira and Kafeero to “immediately cease any further false publications against Hon. Tayebwa, remove the statements from all your platforms, publicly apologise and confirm you will not in future publish such statements again.”

They have given the newspaper and its staff seven days within which to issue an apology which “must be clear, succinct and approved by us and with the same prominence as the defamatory story” or else wait for the youthful politician in court where they will demand that Kafeero, his bosses and the entire publication cough billions in damages.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

Some of the allegations the Sunday media reports levelled against Mr. Thomas Tayebwa and his boss Robinah Nabanja Musafiri.

 

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